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Kim Yo Jong gets into a car in Incheon South Korea on Feb 9 2018

Moon, however, has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea, which sent leader Kim Jong Un's sister to attend the opening ceremony.

Kim Yo Jong was earlier considered part of a high-level North Korean delegation to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games, but Cheong Wa Dae spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said she was here as a special envoy of the North Korean leader.

The official added that Pence is confident that the United States, South Korea and Japan alliance will continue to be strong regardless of inter-Korean talks around the Olympics and whether or not they continue after the games.

North Korea's delegation to the games will conclude its visit later on Sunday, having appeared to thaw the rift with the South, but there is scepticism about how honest Pyongyang is about improving relations.

The team had included 12 North Korean players.

On Saturday, the DPRK delegation paid a visit to Moon at the presidential Blue House.

Saturday's meeting follows a brief encounter between the two parties Friday at the Olympics Opening Ceremony, in which Moon twice shook hands with Kim Yo Jong.

But both South Korea and the United States has been cautious about the talks, saying there will not be progress without North Korea giving up nuclear weapons.

Moon was quoted by the news agency as saying, "The current visit of the delegation of the north side created a spark of improving the inter-Korean relations and ensuring peace on the Korean peninsula".

Kim Yo Jong is handed a blanket at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang South Korea on Feb 9 2018
Kim Yo Jong is handed a blanket at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang South Korea on Feb 9 2018

The two Koreas technically remain at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.

"If you want to get a hold of Kim Jong-un and you're a North Korean, maybe you should befriend Kim Yo Jong", Madden said.

Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the concert venue, with waving banners condemning Moon and Kim Jong-un.

Mr Moon said the Koreas should "make it happen" and encouraged the north to return to negotiations with the US.

A renewed feud over the issue has frayed ties even as America's two key Asian allies confront the challenge of North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes.

During the meeting, Pence warned that the world would see "a charm offensive by North Korea" Friday.

"The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearisation", he said.

But North Korea's record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind.

Seating plans shown on South Korean television just minutes earlier had Pence sitting to Moon's left, directly opposite Kim. Despite the ban 168 "Olympic Athletes from Russia" will compete in Pyeongchang.

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