What message did Pence send to NK at Olympics?

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Pence, who will lead the US delegation to the games' opening ceremonies on Friday, met Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to press for a more clear-eyed approach toward the nuclear-armed neighbor to the north. Moon has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea — a move the vice president cautioned against.

Seated behind Pence are Kim Yong-nam, third from top right, president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament, and Kim Yo-jong, second from top right, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Pence is leading the US delegation to the opening ceremonies, where he has worked to pour cold water on warming ties between the two Koreas.

On page two it printed seven more of the opening ceremony and its representatives' meetings and handshakes with Moon, whom it described as president.

The American Vice-president added that in the closed-door meeting that he had with the South Korean president, Seoul acknowledges the importance of economic embargo to the North in bringing the regime into inter-Korean talks.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated North's sources of revenue have added pressure on Pyongyang to engage further with Seoul.

Analysts say that the missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times a year ago, could potentially reach deep into the US mainland when perfected.

Pence is in South Korea, where he is leading the US delegation to the games' opening ceremonies.

That means, as far as westerners know, she may have had final say over any recent North Korean statements about Donald Trump's mental health, for example.

Images from the event are likely to have been carefully selected to avoid revealing too much information about Mr Kim's arsenal. The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hosted talks with the delegation on Saturday in the hope that improving relations between the two countries could help resolve differences over the North's nuclear and missile programmes.

Moon's desire to engage North Korea was in contrast to his USA ally. Moon and Abe met Friday hours before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

"The firm trilateral relationship will never be shaken", Abe said.

Usually demonized in the Western press, North Korea has an opportunity to show that it can be a responsible and not-so-different member of the world community - just one with nuclear weapons.

He said the USA would take whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland" against the North Korean nuclear threat, according to an interview with NBC.

Moon is expected to meet with Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong on Saturday at the Blue House.

He also encountered Kim Jong-un's sister, Yo-jong, at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in PyeongChang later on the same day.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centerpiece of the North's idolization and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

The warm reception was at odds with the position taken by United States vice-president Mike Pence.

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