Amid Olympic thaw, Pence says allies united in isolating North Korea

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Amid Olympic thaw, Pence says allies united in isolating North Korea

Earlier South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon had hosted a lunch for the Pyongyang delegation at a five-star hotel. That challenge is set to intensify when the Olympics end.

"There are some who would not want to be in the same room together if it wasn't for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. This will contribute to inter-Korean peace", said Jang Sung-ho, who came to watch the game with his seven other family members. Moon and Abe met Friday hours before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate". Pence was not about to allow an actual breakthrough.

"And we talked about working closely together with South Korea as I did in Japan, ensuring those sanctions are faithfully implemented", Mr. Pence added.

Vice President Mike Pence pushed South Korea to adopt a more hawkish stance toward North Korea as he arrived in the country Thursday, ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Her compatriot, biathlete Ole Einar Bjorndalen has the overall record with 13 medals, which the 37-year-old could surpass in Pyeongchang, but she said she was not disappointed with silver. Pence did not interact with the North Koreans even though he was seated in the same box as them at Friday's opening ceremony. But interestingly, Pence also suggested that during their bilateral discussions he and Moon had agreed on terms for moving forward. "And that is, demand at the outset of any new dialogue or negotiations that the Kim regime put denuclearization on the table and take concrete steps with the world community to dismantle, permanently and irreversibly, their nuclear and ballistic missile programs", Pence said.

North Korea is under a heavy United Nations sanctions regime which was originally targeted at stopping the proliferation of arms and nuclear and missile technologies, but has become more all-encompassing after its accelerated missile testing.

An encounter between the pair has been mooted, but Mr Kim but said the USA had not requested a meeting. Meanwhile, sanctions will continue to be strengthened.

"Our training, which included the lecture as well as our one-page guidelines, was aimed at preventing any potential conflicts that could arise from cultural differences", the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the issue.

That would give all sides at least a few months to see whether real progress can be made.

Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt worldwide efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program.

Diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea's activities told CNN that despite outwardly positive signs and indications of a "charm offensive" from Pyongyang, what's "unclear and bizarre" is there has not been any concurrent diplomatic movement from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The first summit was in June 2000 between Kim Dae-jung, a proponent of the so-called Sunshine Policy, and Kim Jong Il.

Kim, the top DPRK legislator, arrived in South Korea earlier in the day via a private jet, leading a ranking delegation that includes Kim Yo Jong, a younger sister of top DPRK leader Kim Jong Un who serves as the first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

Speaking previous year at his swearing-in ceremony, Moon said he would be willing to travel to Pyongyang "under the right conditions", adding that "for peace on the Korean Peninsula, I will do everything that I can do".

What he got was the North Korean leader's invite to visit Pyongyang relayed by his only sister and trusted adviser and we've learned today, his special adviser, Kim Yo-jong.

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