Winter Olympics: Five Olympic gold medals up for grabs

US Vice President Mike Pence held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul

US Vice President Mike Pence held talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the Blue House in Seoul

But it carried seven front page pictures on the departure from Pyongyang and arrival in Seoul of its diplomatic delegation to the Winter Olympics, led by ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam and including the leader's sister Kim Yo Jong.

In a rare show of unity, athletes from South and North Korea will march together under a "unification flag".

NBC's viewership peaked at 31.5 million when the USA team entered the stadium in South Korea.

"We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang", Kim Yo Jong told Moon during the lunch, according to another Blue House official.

Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power a year ago on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North.

In a flurry of sporting diplomacy, the two Koreas agreed this month that the North would attend the Games, the two would march together under a unification flag at the opening ceremony, and they would form a joint female ice hockey team - a deal approved by the International Olympic Committee on [Jan. 20].

They shook hands with Moon and cheered for athletes from the two countries who marched under a unified peninsula flag for the first time in a decade.

Pence arrived late and stayed for just five minutes - and did not interact with the delegation from the North - at a Friday VIP reception for delegation leaders.

"I hope that with North Korean athletes' participation this could be a Peace Olympics". With a restrained and yet very effective use of the maple leaf, it's a wardrobe that's beautifully bringing the Canadian winter to South Korea (not that its already sub-zero temps need it).

"President Moon responded by saying that the two sides should work on establishing the right conditions to realise the meeting", the South Korean spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said. The dictator's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, were seated a row behind, per the AP.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley has dismissed North Korea's decision to attend the Olympics as a "distraction", and Vice President Mike Pence skipped the dinner on Friday.

Such a summit, if it came about, would mark the first time that leaders of the two Koreas have met since 2007. Kim's meeting with President Moon Jae-in is set to go down in history as one of the milestones of inter-Korea relations. The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn't skipped a beat in Pyeongchang.

However, the South Korean government denied the request, leading to the North's total boycott of the Olympics.

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