Washington denies rift with Seoul over inter-Korea talks

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That's what people are saying in South Korea, as they consider the unprecedented visit by Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who has raised her profile dramatically at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. Wearing a black coat and with her hair pulled back, she presents a marked contrast to the ceremonial head of North Korea's government - the often expressionless Kim Yong Nam, 90.

Fans unfurled a large banner reading "We are one" after the game and then IOC President Thomas Bach and South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined the powerful sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, for photos with the team.

Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison.

The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo Jong, said Kim was willing to meet the South's leader "at the earliest date possible", said a spokesman for the presidential Blue House.

The trip has the potential to become something of a coming out party - certainly for Kim Yo Jong, but also for her deeply isolated country.

Switzerland went up 1-0 midway through the first period with a short-handed goal when Muller broke up the left wing and ripped a wrist shot under the glove of Korean goalie Shin So Jung.

Korean coach Sarah Murray, a 29-year-old Canadian, used three of the 12 North Korean players assigned to her team for the game - forwards Kim Un Hyang, Jong Su Hyon and Hwang Chung Gum.

Taekwondo athletes from North and South Korea produced a stunning demonstration in Gangwon as sporting diplomacy took center stage alongside kicking, screaming and flying planks of wood on Saturday.

It was already known that Kim Yo Jong is an adviser to her brother; now many are interpreting her presence here - and the freedom with which she seems to behave - as new signs of the power she holds.

Pence - who sat just feet away from Kim Yo Jong at the Olympic opening ceremony, with neither apparently speaking to the other - has also been critical of the North's participation in the games, seeing it as an attempt to create a division between the United States and the South.

Pence did not directly address news of the invitation when asked. They are fielding a joint women's ice hockey team. She is taking her daughter Monday to see the orphanage, and they got tickets to the event they most wanted to see — an ice hockey game pitting South Korea against the United States.

Yesterday's 100-minute concert - the orchestra's second and final show - included about 40 songs, among them South Korean pop hits as well as North Korean and other world music.

While the meeting would be a diplomatic coup for Moon - whose decision to pursue warmer relations with the North stands in stark contrast to his conservative predecessor - it could strain relations with the United States, which has appeared uncomfortable at the warm welcome afforded to the North Korean delegation over the past few days. One mother told her daughter she would kidnap her to keep her off the plane.

However, the result mattered less than the political symbolism as around 200 of North Korea's famed "army of beauties" charmed a crowd of 3,600 besotted locals with nostalgic oldies - and even broke out a Mexican wave.

Moon made it clear that the issue was an internal affair and that it was inappropriate for Abe to have brought up the matter, Reuters reported.