International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach to visit North Korea after Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

International Olympic Committee boss Thomas Bach to visit North Korea after Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

Internal systems crashed just before Friday's ceremony but didn't disrupt the high-tech gala, which was attended by VIPs including the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and US Vice-President Mike Pence.

The Korean women's hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from North and South, took the ice Saturday night for their debut game in front of a raucous, sellout crowd on another historic night mixing sports and politics on an global stage.

"This is the first time Mike Pence has been accused of being a snob", said an aide to the vice president, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the North Korean reports.

The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn't skipped a beat in Pyeongchang.

The North Korean taekwondo delegation now in South Korea will carry out three more demonstrations before returning home Thursday.

Wearing a black coat and with her hair pulled back, she presents a marked contrast to the ceremonial head of North Korea's government - the often expressionless Kim Yong Nam, 90.

Mattis said it's unclear "if using the Olympics in a way to reduce tension - if that's going to have any traction once the Olympics are over".

The first gold medal of the 2018 Winter Olympics went to Sweden after, you guessed it, Charlotte Kalla torched her competition in the women's 15-kilometer skiathlon. This would be the first summit between the two Koreas in over a decade. Mr Moon said the Koreas should "make it happen" and encouraged the North to return to negotiations with the US. "We can't say right now".

Whatever the result the All Korea v Switzerland match at the Gwandong Hockey Centre in the coastal city of Gangneung will be a sell-out - with millions watching the prime-time games both north and south, as well as around the world.

The Winter Olympics opened with a spectacular ceremony on Friday, attended by several heads of state who witnessed the joint march of North and South Korean athletes, as Games systems played up.

Others didn't seem to mind the absence of medals.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, verbally delivered the invite to Moon on Saturday.

The significance of Pence and the North Koreans sitting in the same box was not immediately clear.

There have been summits between the two Koreas before. He then recalled his past visit to the North's Diamond Mountain resort, where he and his mother met his North Korean aunt during a temporary reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

The official also noted that while Trump believes in talking, in this case, the issue is not about words but about deeds on North Korea's part.

"But I haven't been to Pyongyang", Moon said, according to comments provided by his office. She is the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and believed to be his closest confidant.

Easing the deadlock is a daunting if not impossible challenge for Moon, said Seoul National University professor Kim Byung-yeon, likening him to an estate agent trying to broker a deal. "She's considered the future of the sport", Reiter said. Officials didn't reveal what was written in it.

"We're really enjoying working with the North Korean players", she said.

US officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North - a point Pence drilled home in private meetings with Moon on Thursday.

"That is a very odd time, if in fact he is trying to show a warming to the country that he has attacked repeatedly as an American puppet, a country that impeached their last president", Mattis said.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate", Frank Jannuzi, an expert on East Asia at the Mansfield Foundation told the AP. A big one could be a demand to cease the U.S. They were also served North Korean-style fermented fish and white "kimchi" or fermented cabbage.

"We have to be unified (with North Korea)".

Even if there are more meetings between the rivals after the Games, accomplishing something is another matter.

Take, for example, the following headlines - ones you'd normally expect to find in North Korea's state-run media.

Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems that took place about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony. Pence carried a similar message.

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