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South Korea's president hosts North Korea delegation, including dictator's sister

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The opening ceremony was attended by several heads of state and included North Korea's ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday evening there is "no daylight" between the USA and South Korea, despite their different approaches to engagement with North Korea at the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games.

Regardless, both Pence and the North Korean officials can return home and claim they did what they came to Pyeongchang to do.

North Korea had sent its own delegation to the Olympic Games that included Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong, the first member of the of the Kim family to visit the South since the 1950 - 1953 Korean War. He insisted on Saturday that the U.S., South Korea and Japan were united in their goal of isolating North Korea over the country's nuclear weapons program.

With delegations from both the United States and North Korea attending the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, the two countries have an opportunity to take advantage and get some diplomacy in after months of angry rhetoric on both sides.

Pence's tweeted day-after position: 'The U.S. will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage'.

South Korea and its northern neighbor allied to launch a hopeful message at the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games 2018 with the two delegations parading together, shortly after their leaders greeted each other in the stands. He left the reception five minutes later.

A senior administration official aboard Pence's airplane also told reporters that South Korea and Japan "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions". "There are some who would not want to be in the same room together if it wasn't for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics".

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As First Vice-Director of the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, Kim has been an increasingly prominent figure in North Korea's leadership and is considered one of the few people who has earned her brother's absolute trust. The North Korean delegation includes athletes, cheerleaders, reporters, performers, and more.

Some local media reported system problems, including the Games website and some television sets, were due to a cyberattack but Sung said it was still too early to determine whether hackers had attempted to damage them.

"The South and North shared an understanding that they should continue the positive mood for peace and reconciliation created by the Pyeongchang Olympics and should promote inter-Korean dialogue, exchanges and cooperation", Moon's office said in a statement.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate", Frank Jannuzi, an expert on East Asia at the Mansfield Foundation told the AP. -North Korea meetings (or lack thereof) ignores what was going on beneath the surface.

Pence, meanwhile, had only one event on his schedule on Saturday: he appeared back at Pyeongchang to view the short-track speedskating event, along with second lady Karen Pence and the US delegation.

"The distance between Pyongyang and Seoul has become closer in our hearts", Kim Yo Jong wrote.

In January, Rippon criticized Pence's role in the Olympics, citing the widespread belief that the vice president supports gay conversation therapy.

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