'Frank, candid' talks held with Moon, says Pyongyang

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said he and his "friend", South Korean President Moon Jae-in, reaffirmed their commitment to denuclearizing North Korea.

Murphy wasn't the only one to note Pence had condemned NFL players for kneeling in protest during the national anthem.

During the weekend, my tour guide Cindy told me she was upset with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for welcoming such a large contingent from the North, including Kim's sister.

At Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, athletes from the two nations wore the same white jackets and marched together under a united Korean flag.

"Having these red communists in the heart of Seoul is a humiliation!" one demonstrator yelled near the theater as dozens waved signs and banners condemning Moon and Kim Jong Un.

In response, Pence's press secretary, Alyssa Farah, said only, "The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions". The visit, if realized, would be the first such encounter in a decade following years of tensions over North Korea's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

The North and South held summits in Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007, both hosted by Kim Jong Il. "S. Korea stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the U.S & our allies".

Kim Jong Un's sister, South's President Moon shake hands at Olympic opening
It warned against agreeing to talks before North Korea scrapped its nuclear program, saying it would only "benefit the enemy". For the people of the Korean Peninsula, that was likely more significant than Pence's non-interaction with Kim Yo-jong.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear programme was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy". "We surely have to win competitions but I mean attending the Olympics has a significant meaning", the North's Alpine coach, Pyon Yong Do, said after a meeting of coaches on Sunday.

South Korean activists burned the North's flag yesterday near a theatre where North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister and the South's President watched a North Korean musical display in a culmination of their Olympic rapprochement.

But there was no mention of the North Korean nuclear issue or joint U.S.

Some 140 members of Pyong-yang's Samjiyon Orchestra gave a concert in Seoul as part of a deal in which the North sent hundreds of athletes, cheerleaders and others to the Pyeongchang Winter Games.

Blue House spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom cited Moon as replying: "Let's create the environment for that to be able to happen".

Just days into the 2018 Winter Olympics, it is clear that it will be remembered as much for political gymnastics as sporting prowess.

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