A senior White House official said Pence was not trying to avoid the delegation from North Korea but rather ignore them, according to the AP. Pence, who led the U.S. Lee echoed Moon's remarks on Saturday, saying that the South and North should actively cooperate in building the right conditions for a bilateral summit between two leaders of the divided Koreas.
After the meeting, Moon had lunch with four North Korean officials, including Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong. The delegation includes the North Korean ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, who has attended different global games before, and Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's younger sister.
Civilian contact is strictly banned between the two Koreas, which have technically remained at war since the 1950 -53 Korean War ended with an armistice instead of a peace treaty. The officials, who spoke on condition because they were not authorized to discuss the US approach publicly, also denied that Pence had been blindsided by the seating arrangement - with the North Koreans in the row behind him, allowing Kim Yo Jong to be easily pictured in profile next to the vice president.
On Friday, hours before the opening ceremony , Pence met with four North Korea defectors and visited the Cheonan Memorial, which honors the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack attributed to Pyongyang. Kim Jong Il traveled to Beijing to meet then Chinese president Jiang Zemin before the summit. The sports diplomacy froze in 2008 as a new conservative government in Seoul limited ties with the North, refusing to turn a blind eye to its weapons programmes.
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The gesture appears to build on Moon's policy of openness towards the North. Moon shared details with Pence of his meeting with North Korean leaders, but did not talk about the invitation to talks in Pyongyang. The squad of young women continuously sang, clapped and danced with gusto and unified precision, even as Switzerland crushed the unified Korean team 8-0.
The spokesman said Moon replied that the North and South should continue to work to build conditions so that a summit can take place. Their final appearance in South Korea was joining Moon at a Seoul concert of a visiting North Korean art troupe, led by the head of the immensely popular Moranbong band, whose young female members are hand-picked by Kim Jong-un.
South Korea was already the lowest-ranked team before the addition of 12 less experienced players from North Korea , and only qualified as the hosts. At the luncheon proposed a toast, calling for peace and "mutual prosperity" for the two Koreas. The most important part of the visit, however, came during one of the quieter moments.
Moon has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea a move the vice president cautioned against. Vice President Mike Pence, in an exclusive interview with NBC's "Nightly News", vowed that the US would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".
To help prevent this outcome, and with Kim refusing to discuss denuclearisation with his "brethren" in the South (at whom he claims his missiles are not aimed), Moon now must figure out how to build up the intra-Korea dialogue to enable talks between North Korea and the US.
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Sorensen's ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, has alleged that her husband of two years abused her psychologically and physically during their two year marriage. "His pathetic defense of staff secretary Rob Porter reveals his true nature - an enabler of sexual abusers, a betrayer of trust and an avoider of responsibility".
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The lunch meeting at the Blue House, which was broadcast live on South Korean TV, showed Moon sat in front of Kim Yo-jong, rather than Kim Yong-nam, technically the senior-most official present in the meeting being the ceremonial head of state.
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On Saturday morning, the North's official news agency, KCNA, issued a report about the Olympics opening that was notable in its lack of the loaded language it usually uses when writing about the South and the United States, which it characterizes as Seoul's overlord.
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Military and civilian experts have, however, warned against such a gamble given that North Korea retains massive conventional firepower to level Seoul and kill millions, including around 28,000 U.S. Ms Kim and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam made up the most senior delegation from the North to visit the South since the Korean War in the 1950s.
The president did not mention the former wives or their claims that Porter physically and psychologically abused them. Sorensen denies his ex-wife's accusations, claiming that she was the abuser. Trump has also tapped former Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Carroll to serve as the next drug czar. The official said White House counsel Don McGahn was apprised of at least some of the accusations at least four times , including in January 2017, the official said .
Pence was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. Kim's unusual invitation, which was received by Moon with both caution and optimism, was the latest sign of growing closeness between the two rival governments after an exceptionally tense period over the North's nuclear weapons program.
The reception was held in PyeongChang county, the Winter Olympic venue in eastern South Korea , just two hours before the opening ceremony begins at 8 p.m. The U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea has proposed granting an exemption for Choe, who has been on the U.N. sanctions blacklist since last June.