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In its first reports about the Games, North Korea's state-run media slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday for what it called "shameful" and "snobbish" behavior not in line with the spirit of the Olympics.

A senior White House official said Pence was not trying to avoid the delegation from North Korea but rather ignore them, according to the AP. Pence, who was seated just a few feet away from Kim, did not appear acknowledge her.

The officials said it was fair to say both Pence and the North Koreans rebuffed South Korean President Moon Jae-in's efforts to facilitate a meeting between North Korea and the US.

A young performer participates in the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018.

The two neighboring rival countries displayed an act of solidarity by having some participants from each country honored together during the opening ceremony, and combining the respective women's hockey teams into a singular, unified one. Communication is perhaps the biggest problem, as the South Koreans use a lot of sport-specific slang, as well as English words, which the North Koreans can not follow.

Kim Jong-il, Kim's father, had met with two South Korean presidents in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, before his death in 2011: with President Kim Dae-jung in 2000, and with President Roh Moo-hyun in 2007.

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That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind. The North Korean delegation includes athletes, cheerleaders, reporters, performers, and more.

Pence says he's leaving Asia "very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we've known have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions".

The latest images showed several members from to 200 strong team wearing masks as they cheered on the unified Korean hockey team.

South Korea's president has received an invitation to visit the North - an offer that came from the younger sister of the North's dictator. "But he stayed there the entire time. and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling". He also said that investigators wouldn't reveal the source of the attack.

Deepening the odd-man-out optics for Pence, Moon and Kim, smiling broadly, exchanged a handshake and cheered the team enthusiastically. Public reaction when the joint hockey team was announced was considerably mixed, and Moon's approval rating fell 6 percentage points. "He's biased for the Americans".

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