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Koreas unite for Olympics while Washington bangs drums of war

US Vice President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same VIP booth, looked stony faced as the scene unfolded.

Following the talks, South Korean officials said Kim Yo-jong had invited Mr Moon to visit Pyongyang.

North Korean state media praised Saturday's performance of a united Korean team at the Winter Olympics, now taking place in South Korea, but failed to mention that the team lost the game 8-0 to Switzerland.

The games have not reduced the US -led worldwide pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and long-range missile program that is threatening America and the world.

But he said it would be harder for Moon to keep up momentum after U.S. and Japanese allies and South Korean conservatives reminded him of what was at stake in the North Korean nuclear threat.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Sunday it was too early to tell whether a diplomatic detente between the two Koreas at the Winter Olympics would lead to results, but the move had not driven a wedge between Washington and Seoul.

Bach said in an interview on Monday he would make the visit on the North's invitation as part of an agreement between the International Olympic Committee and both North and South Korea.

Kim Jong-un's invitation to Moon raises prospects for the first inter-Korean summit in more than 10 years.

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It was evident from the multiple pictures emerging from the event that Pence indeed made no discernible effort to acknowledge or engage with the North Korean delegation.

Washington calls it a campaign of "maximum pressure". "Moon should be aware that he has to urge denuclearisation to North Korea by himself, not depending on dialogue between the USA and North Korea".

One instance of such a personalised intervention was on display at the Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea, when Kim Yo Jong, sister of the North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un, extended an invitation to the South Korean President Moon Jae-in for a summit meeting.

During their meeting President Moon was pictured smiling and shaking hands with Kim Yo Jong.

It has been less than a year since officials of the North Korean regime agreed to let Otto Warmbier, the American college student who was held prisoner for 17 months, return home to the United States.

A senior United States administration official told reporters that Pence did not discuss North Korea's invitation to Moon when the two leaders watched short track speed skating together.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the ruling Kim dynasty to visit the South since the end of the Korean war. "And he is encouraging both sides to come together".

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