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"Thirty years after hosting the Summer Games, the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games has commenced with a hope for peace from everyone around the world".

North Korea's state news agency said on Sunday its delegation sent to the Winter Olympics held "frank and candid" talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in but there was no mention of the North's invitation to Moon to Pyongyang for a summit. "We tried to sneak into the media section so we could wave to the athletes", Howard said on Saturday.

South Korean television is showing a smiling President Moon Jae-in entering a reception room and shaking hands with North Korean delegates, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister.

"At the outset of any new dialogue or negotiations", he said Friday, Pyongyang had to "put denuclearisation on the table and take concrete steps with the world community to dismantle, permanently and irreversibly, their nuclear and ballistic missile programmes".

Tensions between the two soared past year as Pyongyang launched intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the USA mainland and carried out by far its most powerful nuclear test to date. "They are a beleaguered community who are fighting for their very survival".

"Kim's proposal for a summit with Moon is based on the premise that the North will stick to its nuclear weapons while seeking rapprochement with the South", he told AFP.

"If the North was genuinely interested in improving relations with the South, it would.(have) refrained from conducting a military parade on the eve of the Olympics which is contrary to the Olympic spirit", Stangarone added.

According to a tweet by the International Ice Hockey Federation, Florence Schelling, who is the goaltender for the Switzerland women's hockey team, gave a shout out to her South Korean counterpart Shin So-jung for making 44 saves on 52 shots.

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Last month the United Nations expressed concern at a USA decision to withhold more than half of a tranche of funding for an agency that supports Palestinian refugees. "When I think of the likely consequences I think this is more ambivalent", Gabriel said.

"Although it's my first time here, it doesn't feel odd".

But Pence said that Moon shared "a bit" about his meeting with the North Koreans, and that he "appreciated him sharing his perspective on that".

This is the first time North and South Korea have marched together since the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.

Following the meeting, Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah said in a statement, "The Vice President is grateful that President Moon reaffirmed his strong commitment to the global maximum pressure campaign and for his support for continued sanctions".

An official travelling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Pyeongchang told reporters the Japanese government believed sanctions were "starting to bite", citing recent instances of ship-to-ship transfers at sea.

Vice-President Mike Pence, has been critical of the North's participation in the Games, seeing it as an attempt to create just such a division. "The world cannot turn a blind eye to the oppression & threats of the Kim regime".

During Saturday's bilateral talks over lunch, neither Seoul nor Pyongyang made mention of the North Korean nuclear issue, according to South Korea's presidential office source.