No Olympic truce for US, North Korea in Pyeongchang

But Moon has also said that he would be willing to meet Kim only if he received assurances from the North that it would help resolve the crisis over the North's nuclear weapons program.

Pence's cold demeanor toward the North Koreans at the Pyeongchang games was overshadowed by friendly cooperation between the North and South.

"It was a very emotional moment to get finally there after many years of hard work and many negotiations still taking place here", the German said the morning after the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

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.

But Pence has not let up on the tough rhetoric he's been delivering since arriving in Asia.

President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to South Korea for playing host a day before the Games began, but had been silent on the topic since.

Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures.

That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind.

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Cheerleaders of North Korea hold unification flags as they wait the start of the opening ceremony. The North Korean delegation includes athletes, cheerleaders, reporters, performers, and more. "She is the person he trusts more than anyone else in the regime", said Ken Gause, North Korean leadership expert.

"We wanted to show the alliance seated together", the official said.

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

Earlier Friday, Pence met with defectors from the North and invited them to tell their stories of repression under Pyongyang.

"It didn't affect the opening ceremony", Park said.

The first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the South since the Korean War ended in an armistice in 1953, Kim on Saturday made headlines across the globe when she delivered an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae-in to visit North Korea.

Moon joined Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean supporters Saturday in cheering for the team against Switzerland. "He cheered for the U.S.", the official said.

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