North Korea keeps low profile for birthday of Kim's father

North Korea keeps low profile for birthday of Kim's father

Pence also avoided meeting with North Korean titular head of state Kim Young Nam during a reception held by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, notes the North Korean publication. As they did at figure skating and women's hockey, the North Korean cheerleaders - dressed in blue and white tops and red trousers - waved flags showing the Korean Peninsula and danced, swayed, sang and chanted in unison.

The US Vice President Mike Pence and Kim's sister Kim Yo Jon ignored each other in the Olympic VIP box as the Korean leader played host with other dignitaries as the games opened.

Public interest in the show was huge in the South, with almost 120,000 people applying for one of the 1,000 tickets available for the Seoul performance.

Moon last week received an invitation from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un for a summit in Pyongyang.

The men's team has 18 South Koreans and seven North Americans - one from the United States and six from Canada - who are dual citizens.

Ms. Yong was among the leadership of the high-level delegation that had been sent by Kim Jong Un to South Korea for the winter Olympics.

"Our goal has always been to break a record again and again, and advance step by step and not to turn back no matter what happens", Kim said.

Multiple local media also warned the Moon administration to put priority on ties with Washington in dealing with the North Korean crisis.

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About the possibility of co-hosting the 2021 Asian Winter Games, the Gangwon governor said he would start mapping out details once the Olympic Games end and that the proposal would also utilize North Korea's Masikryong ski resort.

Previously the United States has been saying North Korea has to show willingness to give up its nuclear program before talks can begin.

Since 2016, the United Nations Security Council at US urging has approved five resolutions that impose some of the toughest sanctions in the world on the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, in addition to the even harsher unilateral USA sanctions.

Beyond the direct military challenge that North Korea could pose to Japan and the the sobering potential impact on America's alliances.

North Korea's female cheerleaders have appeared at venues, serenading local fans with nostalgic love songs being "one nation" while waving the blue unification flag.

"Both the South and the North should feel shameful of the current situation where no reunions of separated families are allowed", Cho said, in comments carried by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

A top U.S. Navy commander is the latest voice in the military to express skepticism over North Korea's recent charm offensive.

"If South Korea proposes to cancel them, it would damage the U.S".

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