Abe begins talks with Moon ahead of Olympic opening ceremony

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

A White House official says U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were seated just feet apart during Friday's Olympic opening ceremony, but they did not interact.

In response, Moon suggested the two Koreas "make it happen" by creating conditions necessary for him to accept the invitation, the spokesman told a news briefing.

Pyeongchang: The two Koreas marched together and South Korea's president shared a historic handshake with Kim Jong Un's sister as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony was held in a spirit of intense rapprochement today.

The vice president said he "reaffirmed" the United States' commitment to a denuclearized North Korea during a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Abe said before leaving for the Olympics he wanted to convey to the world that cooperation among the United States, Japan and South Korea on the North Korean threat "will not waver". USA officials have not ruled out the possibility that the vice president might meet a North Korean official at the Olympics.

Choi Jiyeon (C) of the unified team of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea drives the puck during their preliminary match of women's ice hockey against Switerland at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, South Korea, on February 10, 2018.

A look at notable quotes from the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics
McMorris played it rather safe. "I had some low times, but these high times make it worthwhile". This was the best run I could put down at the right moment and now it's the judges' decision.

South Korea's defence ministry and cybersecurity experts are included in the taskforce investigating Friday's attack, but the possible culprit is being kept under wraps.

Moon's desire to engage North Korea was in contrast to his U.S. ally.

"I hope Pyongyang and Seoul get closer in our people's hearts and move forward the future of prosperous unification", she said in her guest book message, referring to the capitals of North and South Korea.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from United States aggression.

North Korea has sent some of the highest level officials ever to the south for these games, the result of diplomacy by Seoul that led to an agreement between the two countries - still formally at war - to participate together in the Winter Games.

A unified Korean women's ice hockey team, first of its kind in the Olympic history, has won the hearts of millions on Saturday night, despite a 8-0 loss to the Sochi bronze victor Switzerland in their debut at the PyeongChang Olympic Games. Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the U.S. would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".

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