These displays of unity at the Olympics fill us with hope

Fireworks as opening ceremony starts for Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018

But North Korea appears to be sticking to its anti-American stance.

Kim Yo Jong, who is thought to be about 30 years old, entered the meeting with the president carrying a blue folder with the North Korean crest embossed in gold on the front, which she carefully laid on the table in front of her.

She is on a US sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea. The DMZ is a border that splits the country in two, it's heavily fortified and is roughly 160 miles long.

A White House official said Pence did not interact with Kim Yo Jong or Kim Yong Nam.

But North Korea has a habit of not letting itself be ignored when it comes to its southern rival.

In an article titled "Shameful behavior using sacred Olympics for confrontational schemes", the ruling party's Rodong Sinmun daily accused Pence of "snobbishly" asking South Korea to arrange the Olympic events so that he wouldn't run into North Korean delegates.

On Friday night, a huge crowd gathered in the freezing Olympics Stadium as performances displayed the sweep of Korean history and culture.

The ceremony's signature moment delivered another flash of unity and deft political stage-managing, too.

They were off-key sometimes: Bruno Mars singing "Uptown Funk" was playing over the sound system, and they would be singing one of their various songs.

South Korean television showed its smiling president entering a reception room Saturday and shaking hands with the North Koreans. Jo Yong Sam, department director general of North Korea's foreign ministry, said Thursday the country had never "begged the U.S. for dialogue" and wasn't about to start now. "And we wanted to strive as one team for one purpose".

Michael Glasder takes a trial jump ahead of the men's normal hill individual final at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018 on Feb. 10, 2018 in PyeongChang, South Korea. The worst scenario for Washington would be for the North to gain an advantage by realizing a summit between the two Koreas.

"This is the strongest action yet by North Korea to drive a wedge between the South and the United States", said Kim Sung-han, former South Korean vice foreign minister. Switzerland defeated Korea 8-0.

"We don't want to speculate because we're still trying to find out what the root source is", said Nancy Park, a spokeswoman for the Games organisers.

The Winter Olympics have driven a rapid rapprochement on the Korean peninsula, where fears of a new conflict mounted last year as the nuclear-armed North carried out a series of missile tests and its most powerful atomic blast to date. There have been some such meetings in the past, but they are rare.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA-They didn't go to the bathroom. But on this night, it was a mingling of the countries in a way nobody had ever seen.

At a dinner at a hotel in Gangneung, the sub-host city of the Olympics, Kim Yo Jong was "wearing a wine-colored jacket and black pants", South Korea's Yonhap News Agency reported.

5 - NBCUniversal networks that will broadcast the games (NBC, NBC Sports Network, CNBC, USA and the Olympic Channel). The last Winter Games to hold this record was the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics. Pence carried a similar message.

The Hamiltons lost 6-4 to China, meaning they will not move on to the semifinals on Monday.

The vice president and North Koreans are not expected to interact Saturday during events in Pyeongchang, according to a second U.S. official.

Relations between the two countries have remained fraught ever since.

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