Vice President Mike Pence told reporters aboard Air Force Two on Saturday that there is "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea and Japan in their stances on North Korea after a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics that saw him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in take different positions on the presence of a North Korean delegation.
Vice President Mike Pence's efforts to keep North Korea from stealing the show at the Winter Olympics proved short-lived, drowned out by images of the two Koreas marching and competing as one.
At Friday's opening ceremony, for example, Moon shook hands with Jong, as Pence, sitting merely feet away, looked stone faced, never acknowledging the North Korean delegation.
It was the USA that appeared to be the one left in the cold, especially after the sister of the North Korean dictator extended an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit the North.
Who is Kim Yo-jong?During the parade of nations, they stood only for the US team. The Koreas could potentially talk about a South Korean special envoy meeting Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang or even a summit between Moon and Kim.
The luncheon also includes Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.
Saturday's meeting was the first time a South Korean president hosted North Korean officials for a luncheon at the Blue House since November 2007, when late liberal President Roh Moo-hyun, the political mentor of Moon, invited then-North Korean premier Kim Yong Il following a meeting with government officials in Seoul. They were seated beside the Moons and next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife. As the head of North Korea's parliament, he became the most powerful North Korean to visit their southern neighbors in 65 years, per Telegraph.
Later on Saturday Ms Kim, Kim Yong-nam and Moon Jae-in attended the first ice hockey match played by a unification team of athletes from both North and South Korea, against Switzerland.
Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile, which experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States. Earlier in the day, he met with North Korean defectors, as well as the parents of Otto Warmbier, an American who was imprisoned in North Korea and died shortly after his release.
What will South Korea ask for?That means, as far as westerners know, she may have had final say over any recent North Korean statements about Donald Trump's mental health, for example. It was built in the 1960s as a luxury facility for USA troops stationed in the South.
Despite widespread excitement about the unified Korean hockey team and North Korea's large Olympic delegation, the U.S. vice president has kept his distance from representatives of the isolated country.
Pence spent the days leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery" of the event with its "propaganda".
The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the games.