At Winter Games opening ceremony, a message of peace

That, predictably, was the image that North Korea's main newspaper put on its front pages.

He has used the Winter Olympics, which opened in the South Korean area of PyeongChang on Friday, as a springboard for detente with North Korea.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: The Olympic cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

"Moon is saying that although he is keen to reboot inter-Korean relations, the dialogue between the United States and the North is essential".

The games are being held about 80 kilometres (50 miles) from the border between North and South Korea, countries that technically have been at war since 1950.

Winter Olympics organizers say a cyberattack hit their computer servers during the opening ceremonies, Yonhap reported on Saturday.

Before the host nation walked out of the tunnel, there were plenty of notable entrances by the Olympic participants.

Pence is viewing the short-track competition, in which eight Americans are participating.

The unified ice hockey team for the Pyeongchang Olympics is a product of a landmark thaw between the rival Koreas following a year of high tensions over the nuclear-armed North's weapons ambitions.

U.S. vice president Mike Pence and Kim Yo Jong were seated just feet apart during the Olympic opening ceremony.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, verbally delivered the invite to Moon on Saturday.


The Trump administration, and successive American administrations before it, has insisted that North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons program if it wants to be treated as part of the global community. A Blue House official initially said the president had accepted Kim's offer, but that was later denied by chief spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

A senior administration official aboard Pence's airplane also told reporters that South Korea and Japan "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions".

When the unified team was announced late last month Murray, who wasn't informed beforehand, said she feared it would damage her team's chemistry.

The discussions from Saturday's meeting weren't immediately released.

The diplomatic breakthrough was highlighted at Friday's opening ceremony attended by North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam and the powerful sister of the North's leader Kim Jong-un. She did have the unpleasant task of telling some of her players that they wouldn't be dressing because of three North Koreans are mandated to dress for each game.

The officials toasted with the Korean liquor "soju" and were served buckwheat and potato pancakes, dried pollock soup, grilled halibut and other dishes.

During the bilateral talks over lunch, neither side made mention of the North Korean nuclear issue, which is attracting worldwide attention as a major security concern, according to a presidential office source.

This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister.

The delegation also includes Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.

Moon is the political heir to the "sunshine policy" of engagement that Kim Dae-jung and Roh espoused.

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