Pence `Encouraged' by Talks With South Korea's Moon at Olympics

North Korea military parade

The ceremony was marked by a show of unity between North and South Korea.

"North Korea seems to have no intention of abandoning its nuclear (program)", a Japanese government official said.

The invitation was delivered by North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is in the south visiting the Winter Olympic Games.

It's still unclear whether today's event could be used to set up bigger meetings between the Koreas.

She was joined in the meeting by Kim Yong Nam, another influential North Korean official, and wore a pin with the images of her father and grandfather - the North's previous leaders.

"We will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region".

North Korean player Jong, who had one of the team's eight shots on the night, said she would like to see a unified team continue after the Olympics.

"I am open to any form of meeting, including a summit, if these are necessary to improve inter-Korean relations and resolve the North Korean nuclear issue", Moon told more than 200 reporters at the Blue House in January.

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But Ms. Kim-the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War in 1953-wasn't there just to shake hands and smile for the camera.

But the agreement made little headway after the North carried out a series of nuclear and missile tests, and after conservative presidents took office in the South, adopting a harder line on Pyongyang. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate". It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit US cities.

Pence said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea. "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", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said when asked about the developments.

Pence reportedly didn't have to sit in the box with the North Koreans - but he wanted to make a political point.

The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.

But the Kim impersonator, who goes by the stage name of Howard X, insisted they had not been ejected from the stadium, merely escorted back to their correct seats.

The North and South are bitter enemies and are technically at war together, having never officially ended the 1952 Korean War.

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