South Korean president meets North Korean delegation

South Korean president meets North Korean delegation

The New Year began with signs of a lull in the nuclear crisis that's been brewing on the Korean peninsula.

While Kim Jong Un expressed his willingness to improve inter-Korean ties in a personal letter delivered by his younger sister Yo Jong to Moon, the South Korean president stressed the involvement of the United States, saying, "U.S". South Korea's figure skating superstar and Olympic gold medalist Kim Yuna lit the Olympic cauldron.

Kim Yo Jong, who is representing her brother at the Games, shook hands with Moon and stood with a smile on her face as Korean athletes marched together under a joint flag.

Two previous inter-Korean summits were held in 2000 and 2007, between the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, father of Kim Jong Un, and then South Korean presidents Kim Dae Jung and Roh Moo Hyun.

Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to USA officials who pushed back on South Korean reports that Pence deliberately came late to a VIP gathering Friday evening and then snubbed officials from Pyongyang.

UK Sport director of performance Chelsea Warr said: "Our agreed medal target shows that PyeongChang 2018 has the potential to be our best Winter Games yet".

More than 200 young North Korean women have arrived in South Korea to root for athletes from both sides of the peninsula at the Winter Olympics
South Korean president meets North Korean delegation

Speaking to reporters during a flight on Saturday, Mr Pence said: "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme". "He cheered for the USA", a U.S. official said, via CNN. At each, he delivered messages meant to counter what he called North Korea's "charm offensive". US Vice President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same Opening Ceremony VIP booth, looked stony faced as the scene unfolded.

It was part of an extraordinary diplomatic push by the North aimed at using the Olympics to ease tensions with Seoul and bolster unity between the two Koreas after a year that has been marked by escalating fears of war and increasing angry rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington.

Frank Jannuzi, president of the Mansfield Foundation, questioned the necessity of the Trump administration's counter-messaging, but said he didn't think it would cast a pall over Olympic celebrations. A delegation of more than 500 North Koreans are attending the Games.

Of course it wasn't the actual, larger-than-life leaders, rather it was a pair of impersonators who caused quite a stir amongst locals and tourists in the South Korean.

Inside the area 30,000 people, including a 200-strong North Korean cheerleading squad, watched the display in -3C temperatures, and were encouraged to bang drums given to them in an extreme weather kit to keep warm.

In proportion to the closeness between the two Korean nations, however, nervousness of some of the key players of the alliance formed against North Korea seems to be growing, judging by simple human reactions. But the parade was smaller than many expected, in what analysts believe was an effort at not provoking South Korea on the eve of the Olympics.

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