Watch the amazing North Korean cheerleaders at work

Watch the amazing North Korean cheerleaders at work

In a rare public moment, President Moon shook hands with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un, at start of the opening ceremony. Of course, if North Korea moves forward with new provocations - such as missile or nuclear tests - all bets are off.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said South Korea is viewing hosting the Olympics as a way to improve diplomatic relations with North Korea.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of her family to set foot in this country since the north and south were divided and her grandfather, Kim Il Sung, founded North Korea. American Vice President Mike Pence, who also visited South Korea for the Olympic Games, notably avoided any interaction with the North Korean emissary whatsoever, opting not to participate in the good-will applause and similar gestures directed toward the sister of the ruler Pence referred to as "the most tyrannical" on Earth.

Nothing has been settled on any trip north by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

"I can not remember any games when we did not have transportation problems in the beginning", Bach said.

"The fight is not over", Mattis said Sunday.

"Now is not the time to postpone U.S".

Critics say it's unclear whether revived dialogue between the Koreas could lead to immediate breakthrough on the nuclear stalemate when it seems unlikely that the North would be willing to give up its nukes under any deal.

"These cancellations do not worry us at all", he said.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from US aggression.

The Hong Kong-born entertainer - impersonating the North Korean president and identifying himself only as Howard - joined Dennis Alan, who dressed as the USA president, in trying to steal the spotlight at the athletic extravaganza.

"All the media in the South and the around the world are going gaga about Kim Yo Jong", said one commentator online.

Moon sees the Olympics as an opportunity to restore meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear ambitions. They were whisked back and forth between Seoul and the Olympic towns of Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

The two were seated not far from a section of North Korean cheerleaders who attended the Olympics in a sign of warming ties between the two Koreas that Pence and other USA officials have warned against. The Koreans were crushed by Switzerland, 8-0. They ejected the duo from one part of the stadium.

"Kim Jong Un is clearly serious about reviving talks with the South to improve relations", said Koh Yu-hwan, a North Korean expert at Seoul's Dongguk University and a security adviser to Moon.

Any summit between the two still-officially warring Koreas would be a coup for Moon, who has been pushing for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

Park said that two scenarios could play out over the summit.

He also urged North Korea to engage in talks with the United States.

"Early resumption of dialogue between the USA and North Korea is absolutely necessary for developments in inter-Korean relations as well", said Moon, urging the North to more actively engage in dialogue with the US, who was represented by Vice President Mike Pence at the Games. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

"We will fully cooperate with worldwide efforts regarding sanctions against North Korea based on our stance for a denuclearised Korean peninsula and a peaceful solution (to the North Korea nuclear issue)", the statement said.

By also sending a youthful, photogenic individual who would surely draw worldwide attention at the Olympics, Kim might have also been trying to construct a fresher image of the country, particularly in face of US efforts to use the Olympics as an occasion to highlight the North's brutal human rights record.

She's not what we expected: not stiff, but smiling. South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun went to Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007 respectively to meet the current leader's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il. The previous meetings came after rounds of global talks aimed at eliminating the North's nuclear program, which eventually failed. In Tokyo, Pence announced new sanctions on North Korea that he promised would be the toughest ever, due to be unveiled soon. Forty-six members of its crew were killed in an attack; a South Korean, U.K. and US investigation showed it was carried out by the North. When asked what exact steps North Korea would have to take to get sanctions relief, he said: "I don't know".

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