Amid Olympic Détente, Pence Snubs North Koreans In Visit To Pyeongchang

South Korean figure skater Kam Alex Kang-chan left and North Korean skater Kim Ju Sik took a selfie together before training at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

Peace through flying planks of wood as North and South Korea unite for taekwondo demonstration

North Korea's first competitor at the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic got a big cheer at short-track speed skating Saturday but failed to qualify for a shot at the gold medal.

As for sharing Moon's box with the North Koreans, the officials said they knew in advance who was going to be in Moon's box to watch the opening ceremony. The "more" would include undercover intelligence officers under the guise of "support staff" and other titles, a former North Korean police officer says.

Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to U.S. 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.

South Korea's president, Moon, welcomed the possibility of a meeting with the North Korean leader, saying the two Koreas should "work together to create the environment to make it happen", a spokesman said.

Kim Jong-il, Kim's father, had met with two South Korean presidents in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, before his death in 2011: with President Kim Dae-jung in 2000, and with President Roh Moo-hyun in 2007. "That's the team he's going to be cheering for all Olympics". The supporters waved blue and white flags that showed an undivided Korean Peninsula. Almost 200 female members of the North Korean cheerleading regime - a handpicked group created to be an appealing propaganda arm of the ruling party - chanted and sang (and did the wave on several occasions) while other fans clapped along in between Switzerland's offensive barrages.

Kate Yoo, 21, who like Yoon spoke to CNN during Saturday's hockey match between Switzerland and the unified Korean team, said she doesn't think it's "the best thing to have her here, although maybe part of having one of the Kim dynasty over is like a safeguard, then they won't attack".

Pyeongchang, alas, is a very small place.

President Donald Trump tweeted his congratulations to South Korea for playing host a day before the Games began, but had been silent on the topic since.

That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind.

That is understandable, but the context is impossible to ignore.

Pence, by contrast, avoided speaking with North Korean officials Friday, and he and his wife did not stand, as most spectators did, when the athletes from both Koreas marched together under a flag representing a unified Korea.

Moon and Bach offered messages of encouragement, imploring the players to move beyond the results and understand the meaning of what they were doing.

Park Young-sun, a 45-year-old South Korean public servant, said she was pleased to see Kim Yo Jong at Saturday's hockey game, which she called it a "great lesson for my children".

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