Korea ensemble performs in S. Korea capital to celebrate Olympics

For nearly a week, Vice President Mike Pence has been walking a fine line. That was the clearest sign yet of an expanding diplomatic opening opposed by the Trump administration.

But younger South Koreans - many of whom voted for Moon in May - have spent their adult lives in a culturally vibrant democracy regularly menaced by Pyongyang. He insisted on Saturday that the U.S., South Korea and Japan were united in their goal of isolating North Korea over the country's nuclear weapons program.

"Our resolve to stand with you is unshakable", Pence said.

"There was no problem with their costumes but they entered the media seats with a regular ticket", they said.

But it was Pence who cast one of the loneliest figures at the event. USA officials have grown increasingly dire in their warnings about the North's march toward developing an operational nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S.

North and South Korea speak the same language based on the Hangeul alphabet, but differences have emerged since the 1950-53 conflict which left the two sides at a technical state of war.

North Korea got to join the Olympics and open real dialogue with the South. Lee Hee-beom, head of the Games organising committee, said "the North and South have become one through the Olympics".

In June, 2000, then South Korean President Kim Dae-jung met with DPRK leader Kim Jong Il at Paekhwawon State Guest House in Pyongyang. Both Pence and the North Koreans resisted Moon's initiative and avoided interacting with one another.

The unified women's ice hockey team is the first time the two Koreas will compete on the same side for 27 years, and comes after their athletes marched together behind a unification flag at Friday's opening ceremony.

Some 140 members of Pyongyang's Samjiyon Orchestra were to give a concert in Seoul as part of a cross-border deal in which the isolated, nuclear-armed North sent hundreds of athletes, cheerleaders, and others to the Pyeongchang Winter Games in the South.

Kim Yo Jong is the only "full-blooded" sister of Kim Jong-un, who also has half-sisters, according to Sorensen and Madden.

"This development could have been anticipated, but for Japan it's a nightmare scenario", said Takashi Kawakami, a professor of worldwide politics at Takushoku University in Tokyo.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office says his lunch meeting with senior North Korean officials including leader Kim Jong Un's sister has ended.

Also at that game: the famed cheer squad from North Korea - more than 100 identically dressed women who sing, perform choreographed moves and cheer on their team.

Moon has supported USA -led sanctions against the North, but he has repeatedly called for dialogue.

But the overture also has the potential to divide South Korea from the United States, its main military ally.

The Games has seen better ties between the two Koreas despite tensions over the North's nuclear programme.

Ed Henry reacted to a CNN post that claimed "Kim Jong Un's Sister Is Stealing the Show at the Winter Olympics", calling it "disgusting" and "absurd".

He also ratcheted up his rhetoric on the North's human-rights abuses in a speech to US service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met yesterday with the head of a high-ranking delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), local TV footage showed. "Even for a moment, it appears to be a normal state".

  • Rogelio Becker