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Other members of the North Korean delegation present at Saturday's meeting included Ri Son Gwon, who led the first sit-down talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this year, and Choe Hwi.

Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, who is visiting South Korea as his special envoy for the Winter Olympics, conveyed her brother's invitation during a meeting at the presidential Blue House, officials from the Blue House said.

"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program", Pence told reporters aboard a flight back to the U.S.

The vice president's remarks provided a little more leverage for South Korea in its path-finding outreach to the North and could reduce potential strains in the U.S. Jo Yong Sam, department director general of North Korea's foreign ministry, said Thursday the country had never "begged the United States for dialogue" and wasn't about to start now. He also spoke out against Moon's recent pro-Pyongyang gestures and the North's charm offensive.

But the North was welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called "Olympic games of peace".

It is rare for the North's official media to refer to the South's leader as president, usually describing them as chief executive or similar, and even more unusual for a picture of them to be shown.

This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister.

Seohyun's talent and popularity is just one reason she was likely chosen for the performance: also has expressed her interest in politics in the past, citing former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon as her inspiration; Seohyun met Ban in 2012, when he was serving as a Goodwill Ambassador.

Last month, the North agreed with South Korea to send 22 athletes and a 230-strong cheering squad to the winter Games.

The offer was confirmed by South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom at a press briefing.

For the first time in any Olympics, the two countries still technically at war joined up to compete together in a unified team Korea at the Kwandong Hockey Center in Gangneung, facing off against the No. 6 team in the world. They want peace and unification, but don't believe Kim Jong Un can be trusted.

Pyongyang has ruled out a meeting with the U.S. delegation during the Winter Games.

It's the final stop on a six-day trip that Pence had hoped would increase pressure on North Korea as it seeks to use the games to pursue an opening with the South.

The luncheon also includes Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

A unified women's ice hockey team from the two Koreas fell to Switzerland 8-0 in their first preliminary match at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on Saturday.