Pence avoids greeting North Korean official at Olympic reception
Pence avoids greeting North Korean official at Olympic reception
Harvard Kennedy School Korea Working Group Director John Park discusses North and South Korea relations
10 February, 2018, 05:28
During the event, North and South Korean athletes entered the Olympic Stadium together waving flags of unity in their first joint Olympic march since 2007.
But South Korea's presidential Blue House said Pence had a meeting scheduled with USA athletes and had only planned to stay briefly to greet other officials.
Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the U.S. would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".
Olympic officials were concerned there might be issues with freezing temperatures and an open stadium, so every spectator received a care package including heating pads, a blanket and a raincoat.
South Korean broadcaster YTN showed pictures of Kim Yo Jong smiling and talking to South's unification minister.
That invitation could come when Moon and Kim will meet for lunch at the Blue House on Saturday, after the meeting was confirmed by a South Korean presidential spokesperson. Kim Yo Jong, who is also known to be the propaganda director for the ruling Worker's Party, was caught on camera smiling throughout her trip. Her grandfather, Kim Il Sung, traveled to areas occupied by his troops south of what is now the Demilitarized Zone during the 1950-53 Korean War.
"We have never begged for dialogue with the USA and will be the same in the future", Cho Yong-sam, a senior official at the North's foreign ministry, was quoted as saying by the communist state's official Korean Central News Agency.
North Korea ramped up its missile and nuclear program a year ago, testing its first three intercontinental ballistic missiles and most powerful nuclear weapon to date.
Mr Pence and his wife Karen did not stand for the unified Korean team's entrance, rising only for the U.S. entrance during the parade of nations. Warmbier is set to attend the opening ceremony on Friday as a guest of the vice president.
Performances during the ceremony showcased the sweep of Korean history and culture, with the performance entitled "The Land of Peace".
"The chemistry is better than I could have expected", Sarah Murray, the team's Canadian-American head coach, told reporters this week. It is a blessed day.
After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and nuclear and missile tests from the North, the opening ceremony proved to be an evening of striking visual moments.
Athletes from the 93 countries marched to the beat of K-pop songs, which also included global sensation boy band BTS" "DNA'.
CNN reported Friday that during a luncheon between the delegates and Moon, Kim Yo Jong may invite the president to visit Pyongyang sometime this year, citing several diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of the North's intentions.
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