North Korea: Cracks in US-Japan-South Korea alliance start to show

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Pence met with President Moon Jae-in to advocate a clear-eyed approach toward his bellicose, nuclear-armed neighbor, warning against North Korean use of the games to paint a false picture of itself. If North Korea won't show real flexibility, the Trump administration will be off the hook and Moon's diplomatic gambit will have failed. It's clear both sides decided it was not in their interest to go along with Moon's wishes at this time.

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

By "snubbing" the North Korean delegation, Pence made himself and his treatment of the North Koreans the story. She had been sent to study overseas at a school in Switzerland when she was about eight or nine years old, the professor said, although few details are known about her time there.

But it was Pence who cast one of the loneliest figures at the event. However, Kim was spotted sitting only a few seats away from Mr. Pence's seat in the VIP box, where world leaders sat to cheer their teams on during a vibrant opening ceremony.

She was joined by other members of North Korea's delegation, including Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

That's what people are saying in South Korea, as they consider the unprecedented visit by Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has raised her profile dramatically at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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.

"With a smile, a handshake and a warm message in South Korea's presidential guest book, Kim Yo Jong has struck a chord with the public just one day into the Pyeongchang Games", the story read.

In response, Moon suggested the two Koreas "make it happen" by creating conditions necessary for him to accept the invitation, the spokesman told a news briefing.

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However, South Korea's main opposition party warned any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear programme was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

Whereas the sister of Kim Jong Un, whether she wanted to be or not, [is] complicit in the murderous starvation regime of her brother who suppresses her people to seek nuclear weapons to threaten the entire world.

Often it has said that sport and politics should not mix.

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.

But most South Korean fans were fixated on the ice hockey, where the combined North and South women's team appeared at a packed Kwandong Hockey Centre.

The U.S. has given mixed signals about its willingness to talk.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who looked uncomfortable at times during the opening ceremony, irritated his hosts by telling the South Korean leader that joint South Korea-U.S. military drills should be promptly resumed after the Games.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated North's sources of revenue have added pressure on Pyongyang to engage further with Seoul.

The opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Games is over and the Games are about to begin.

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