North Korean cheerleaders perform as (top, from left) South Korea's president Moon Jae-in, International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un watch the women's preliminary round ice hockey match between the unified Korea team and Switzerland at the Gangneung Ice Arena, February 10, 2018.
The shutdown started just before yesterday's opening ceremony, where Moon twice shook the hand of Kim Yo Jong, the first member of North Korea's ruling dynasty to venture south since the 1950-53 Korean War.
South Korea suggested the formation of a joint team as part of its efforts to use the Games to re-engage with the North and pave the way for talks over the North's weapons program.
Kim Yo Jong also was due to attend the unified Korean hockey team's first Olympics match, a spokesperson for South Korea's presidential office told CNN.
"Then she verbally delivered Chairman Kim Jong Un's invitation to Pyongyang at a convenient time, saying he is willing to meet President Moon Jae-in at the earliest date". If peace isn't imminent, a summit in Pyongyang between Moon and Kim Jong Un seems preferable to recent months' threats. "But the Olympic moment that President Moon is trying to generate here is not a time to nurse those grievances", Jannuzi said.
That was not the case with Moon - either at the games, when he enthusiastically reached up to shake Kim Yo Jong's hand, or at the lunch the next day.
Vice President said Saturday there's "no daylight" among the USA, and Japan on the need to keep the pressure on North Korea's regime, even as Pyongyang extended an invitation to 's president for a rare visit.
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He said Trump was still "inclined" to release the memo in the interest of transparency if revisions are made. Trump allowed the release of that memo on February 2 but blocked the Democrats' memo on Friday.
"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".
Pence has also spent the days leading up to the Olympics highlighting North Korea's human rights abuses and cross-border military provocations - particularly when he met with North Korean defectors and visited the memorial of Cheonan vessel, which is widely believed to have been torpedoed by the North in 2010.
After sitting at a table, Kim Yo Jong placed a blue document folder in front of her. "The president (of the IOC, Thomas Bach, ) nearly as a bridge sat between the president of the Republic of Korea and the honorary head of state of the DPRK last night and they were talking throughout the hockey", Adams said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
"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", Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah said when asked about the development. "The North is not interested in talks on denuclearisation".
If the envisioned Moon-Kim summit were to be held, the North Korean leader would find himself in an advantageous position. A big one could be a demand to cease the U.S.
The joint Korean women's ice hockey players gather on the ice during a training session prior to the 2018 Winter Olympics.
In Washington, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi told Trump that China hoped it and the United States could increase their coordination on the North Korea issue.