Olympics help open dialogue between South, North Korea

South Korea's president hosts North Korea delegation, including dictator's sister

Pence, Moon speak after Moon invited to visit North Korea​

It would be naive to expect North Korea to immediately stop its nuclear programme after the Olympics and the United States to stop insisting on the sanctions imposed on North Korea.

South Korea said it will seek ways to continue engaging North Korea including trying to arrange more reunions for families divided by the Korean War and aim to lower military tensions.

North Korean state media on Monday said its high-level delegation's trip to South Korea was "meaningful" and it improved stalled inter-Korean relations.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has been using the games in his efforts to re-engage with the North and to pave the way for talks over the North's weapons programs.

Pence and the North Koreans have been an awkward presence at the Games to say the least.

The United States insisted it would continue its policy of exerting global pressure on North Korea in an effort to get it to abandon its nuclear program.

Regarding summit talks between the two Koreas, Moon said, "Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions", showing his positive stance.

The combined Korean ice hockey team - the only such outfit in the current Winter Olympics - was formed just weeks before the Games with critics in South Korea saying the hasty move would lead to little success on the ice.

The development of the bloody nose strategy for North Korea came after a year of repeated ballistic missile tests and a nuclear weapon test. White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president's refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts.

Diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea's activities told CNN that despite outwardly positive signs and indications of a "charm offensive" from Pyongyang, what's "unclear and bizarre" is there has not been any concurrent diplomatic movement from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Russian athletes marched under the Olympic flag, and in neutral colours, at the ceremony, having been banned from competing formally for their country by the IOC.

The group returns to the North on Sunday via plane.

His approval ratings have fallen since the deal for the North to take part in the Games was struck, with the decision to field a unified women's ice hockey team proving particularly controversial.

If the encounter took place, it would be the first between Kim and a South Korean president, and the first North-South summit on the peninsula since 2007, when President Moo-hyun - whose administration Moon served in - met with Kim Jong Un's father, Kim Jong Il. I think the United States knows that the sanctions on North Korea will take time to have the full impact on North Korea.

Mr Pence confirmed that the USA and South Korea had agreed on the terms of further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul before potentially leading to direct talks with Washington.

Pence's tweeted day-after position: "The U.S. will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage".

Mike Pence (bottom right) at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics near Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong.

While Moon did not hesitate to shake hands and smile with his North Korean visitors, Pence didn't appear to even look in the direction of the North Korean delegation during the Friday event.

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