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Mike Pence didn't snub North Koreans deliberately, officials say

Winter Olympics 2018 IOC discussing measures to contain norovirus outbreak Mike Pence didn't snub North Koreans deliberately, officials say
Kristine Garrett | 11 February, 2018, 05:44

Earlier on Friday, Pence and second lady Karen Pence met with North Korean defectors at the Cheonan Memorial, which is located outside of Seoul, South Korea.

Just before boarding Air Force Two for South Korea, Pence spoke more specifically about North Korea's participation in the Olympics.

North and South Koreans marching together under a unified peninsula flag gave Thomas Bach goosebumps, the International Olympic Committee president told Reuters on Saturday. Some people tried to burn the North Korean national flag, but were contained by police.

Two men impersonating the North Korean leader and Mr Trump were kicked out of the ceremony, with the former shouting "well is my sister getting the same treatment?" as security escorted them away.

"There is a faction that tries to turn this country communist".

Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, is leading North Korea's delegation to the Olympics.

Similar demonstrations took place sporadically around the city.

North Korean leader Kim Jung Un reportedly selected the looks himself, not all that surprising considering the authoritarian ruler's penchant for - or evolution toward - a snazzy suit and "trend-setting" haircuts.

The real Trump did not attend the Olympic Games, but Vice President Pence is in South Korea as part of the USA delegation.

Moon later officially declared the Olympics open, followed by a burst of fireworks. Pence said he didn't want to allow North Korea to "hijack" the games, and announced new sanctions to be unveiled against Pyongyang soon.

South Korea showed off its technical expertise with a dazzling gala opening ceremony on Friday which included hi-tech special effects and augmented reality to add extra impact for TV viewers.

The officials toasted with the Korean liquor "soju" and were served buckwheat and potato pancakes, dried pollock soup, grilled halibut and other dishes. "No one else in leadership can bring messages directly to Kim Jong Un".

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.

The North Korean delegation will attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday, where Kim Yo-jong will be seated just metres from U.S. vice-president Mike Pence in what could be a tense atmosphere.

Pence and the North Koreans have been an awkward presence at the Games to say the least.

It is not clear whether the talks will lead to a significant reduction in tensions.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: Members of the United States attend the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

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