Abe takes up nuclear issue in chat with N Korean ceremonial leader

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Pence also attended the Games opening ceremony but had no contact with the North Korean delegation.

In an emotional and historical moment, the delegations from North and South Korea marched together under the national flag of unification.

North Korean officials, including Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, were seated one row behind Pence.

The Vice President and those around him have said "we'll see" when asked about meetings between him and those from Pyongyang, though North Korea has said it is not interested in meeting USA officials.

Abe shook hands and spoke with Kim Yong Nam at an Olympics reception, in his first conversation with a high-ranking North Korean official under Kim Jong Un.

North Korea conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and said it had developed a missile capable of carrying a warhead to the United States.

"On the backs of us countless starving North Koreans, the regime created nuclear weapons to use against the world", Ma says.

The PyeongChang Winter Olympics marks the 10th marching together of the two Koreas under a unified flag at the opening ceremony of an worldwide sports competition.

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In his meeting with Moon, Abe touched upon the fact that North Korea has not said it would end its nuclear weapon and ballistic missile programs.

The sensational 15-year-old Alina Zagitova of Russia will take the spotlight in women's figure skating, where a showdown is expected with her fellow Russian teen, Evgenia Medvedeva.

At 83, it would be understandable if Jack Keep and Lew Ewing didn't feel like braving a long-haul flight to the sub-zero temperatures of South Korea's Pyeongchang.

The games, taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea, has sustainable thinking at its heart with a goal of becoming the first zero-emissions event in its history.

"Our objective here today is to stand with our allies, but it's also to stand up for the truth, and to recognize that whatever images may emerge against the powerful backdrop and idealism of the Olympics, that North Korea has to accept change", he said.

It was a historic moment, marking the first walking together in 11 years of the two countries' athletes under the same flag at the opening ceremony of an global sports event.

Despite the attempt by Moon to bring adversaries together, Pence has remained strident in his criticism of North Korea since arriving in Pyeongchang.

"The fact that's become the narrative is due in part to things that he's said and his body language", Schoff said.

Earlier Friday, Pence went to even greater lengths to avoid Kim Yong-nam at a dinner put on by South Korean president Moon Jae-in.