Mike Pence seated near Kim Jong Un's sister during Olympic ceremony

Matthias Hangst  Getty Images

Matthias Hangst Getty Images

The heavily militarized demarcation line that separates North and South Korea passes less than 100 kilometres from the opening-ceremony stadium.

Relations between the two Koreas are apparently improving after North Korea made a decision to join the Pyeongchang Olympics that began Friday, but Pyongyang has so far shown no sign of abandoning its missile and nuclear development programs.

Yet the hostilities of a divided peninsula stood not just in the background, but on full display in the dignitaries' box, where U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence sat only a few metres from Ms. Kim - close enough to exchange greetings.

United States media have reported that the North's delegation may invite Moon to a summit with Kim Jong-un, citing unnamed diplomatic sources.

President Moon Jae-in on Saturday met with the North Korean delegation at the presidential office, as speculation rose about the historic talks. Kim Yo-jong is the first of the North's Kim dynasty to visit the South.

Moon has been trying to use the games as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of diplomatic stalemate and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the worldwide standoff over its nuclear program.

Moon sees the Olympics as an opportunity to restore meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear ambitions.

That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind.

While Moon did not hesitate to shake hands and smile with his North Korean visitors, Pence didn't appear to even look in the direction of the North Korean delegation during the Friday event.

President Donald Trump, as well as several USA allies, have agreed to halt all military exercises until after the Olympics, Pence said.

Inside, it had seven more pictures of their meetings with Moon and the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang - four of them featuring the South Korean leader, who was described as president.

The sister of the North Korean leader has arrived in South Korea, dressed in a black coat and absorbing a barrage of camera flashes.

Pita Taufatofua, who became a viral sensation at the 2016 Rio Olympics for his shirtless appearance during the opening ceremony, is the only athlete representing Tonga at the 2018 games.

Saturday's meeting also involved the North's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong- nam, who led what apparently turned out to be a 21-member delegation to the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Olympics on Friday.

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