North Korean fans sing 'we are one' in Olympics culture clash

A NASA image of the Korea Special Olympics in 2013

A NASA image of the Korea Special Olympics in 2013

Following the meeting, Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement, "The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions".

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are speaking while watching Olympic speedskaters compete, hours after Moon received a historic invitation to visit North Korea.

South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported that servers were shut down to prevent damage to technical systems, causing problems with the Pyeongchang Olympic website. If North Korea won't show real flexibility, the Trump administration will be off the hook and Moon's diplomatic gambit will have failed.

Livia Altmann, of Switzerland, and South Korea's Randi Heesoo Griffin, of the combined Koreas team, battle for the puck during the first period of the preliminary round of the women's hockey game at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim's outreach by offering talks.

Pence said Friday that the USA would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program. The North Koreans have invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in what would be the third inter-Korean summit talks since their 1945 division.

Moon met Kim Yo Jong - a close confidante of her brother and the first member of the dynasty to set foot in the South since the Korean War - and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam at the Blue House in Seoul.

The official also noted that while Trump believes in talking, in this case, the issue is not about words but about deeds on North Korea's part. That was the clearest sign yet of an expanding diplomatic opening opposed by the Trump administration.

"The female ice hockey players from the two Koreas are now holding a small snowball in their hands", he said. "But what is more important than anything is that we are together". Moon, a progressive that was elected following the impeachment of South Korea's previous conservative leader, has maintained as friendly a disposition toward North Korea as possible amid heightening tensions brought about by Kim's pursuit of nuclear weapons and advanced ballistic missile platforms to carry them.

Pence, by contrast, avoided speaking with North Korean officials Friday, and he and his wife did not stand, as most spectators did, when the athletes from both Koreas marched together under a flag representing a unified Korea. Could they meet? That and other theories have engulfed South Korean media. A large delegation from North Korea, dressed in identical garb and cheering in careful coordination, watched from an upper deck of the stadium. China has suggested that talks could start if the United States suspended its regular joint military exercises with South Korea, and if North Korea reciprocated by shelving nuclear and missile tests. They may also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul on Sunday before flying back to Pyongyang. "Because in my opinion, they're pretty much the same person", he said, according to The Hill.

Some analysts were skeptical of that prospect. "With his summit proposal, he seeks to incite friction between Seoul and Washington by widening their policy gap".

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