Korea's 'commie' Moon: the real winner of the Winter Olympics?

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium- Pyeongchang South Korea

"We should firmly keep in mind that any talks where denuclearization is not a precondition only to buy North Korea more time to complete its nuclear capabilities while they fool us with their peace offensive facade", said Chang Je-won, a party spokesman said, according to Reuters.

Dozens of North Korean cheering group members dressed in red were at the Kwandong Hockey Center to root for the Korean team.

But if the Trump administration objects, it "will put the U.S.in a very hard position in terms of public relations in South Korea", Mr. Han said.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who stoked anger and protests among his conservative supporters for attending the Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, sought to find common ground with South Korean President Moon Jae In.

Pence said the United States and South Korea were closely aligned in their approach to dealing with North Korea.

South Korean president Moon Jae-in has met North Korean officials, including Kim Jong-un's sister, over lunch at Seoul's presidential palace, a historic event that is the highest level contact between the two nations in more than a decade. "I think they take a message from the fact that she is young, sophisticated and super elite as an indication that the North Koreans want to calm things down a little bit".

"North and South must work together to alleviate the tensions and work together as a people of the same heritage to find peace and stability", Kim Jong Un said in a major January speech.

A spokeswoman for the Games said: "It was a Korean spectator and he was removed from the stadium as soon as he was taken off the stage".

S.Korean PM hosts lunch for high-ranking N.Korean delegation
Before Pence arrived, Moon's office announced he will meet with Kim Yo Jong , the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un . Abe's call came during a bilateral meeting on Friday before the opening ceremony of PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The athletes elicited a standing ovation by most leaders in the VIP box, including Moon and Kim's sister. Two players, one South Korean and the other North Korean, appeared on the opening ceremony and climbed stairs together with the Olympic torch that they handed to Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim.

Meanwhile, five gold medals are up for grabs on the first day of full competition in the Winter Olympics today, which features the debut of a unified Korean ice hockey team.

"It is absolutely necessary for the North and the United States to engage in talks at an early date", he cited Moon as saying.

Internet problems before and during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics on Friday were being investigated as a possible cyberattack, officials said Saturday.

The South Korea coverage was down from the Sochi Winter Olympics' Opening Ceremony, which delivered an 18.5 rating four years ago.

Vice President Mike Pence was at pains to insist that Washington and Seoul were on the same page as he returned to Washington from leading the US delegation to the Olympics.

The luncheon also included Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs. At the time, the attackers' end goal remained unclear, but security experts across the industry said they have been bracing for what they now describe as an inevitable attack.

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