Father Of Otto Warmbier Says North Korea 'Not Really' Participating In Olympics

Moon recalled his past visit to the North's Diamond Mountain resort, where he and his mother met his North Korean aunt during a temporary reunion of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War.

But it carried seven front page pictures on the departure from Pyongyang and arrival in Seoul of its diplomatic delegation to the Winter Olympics, led by ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam and including the leader's sister Kim Yo Jong.

"I expect Pyongyang and Seoul to get closer in the hearts of our (Korean) people and the future of unification and prosperity will be advanced", Ms Kim Yo Jong wrote in her Korean-language entry to the guest book. "It is a historical issue that transcends time".

The women arrived in South Korea in charter buses on Wednesday.

"As an athlete myself it was a great honour for me to be the last torch bearer", she said.

Indeed, some spectators at Saturday's game were skeptical that bringing the two countries together on one team would have any lasting effect.

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US Vice President Mike Pence also attended the Games opening ceremony but had no contact with the North Korean delegation.

The US administration has sought to maintain pressure on North Korea through sanctions and tough rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

But US has distanced itself from the North Korean overtures.

That was always going to be a monumental task for either Korea, much less a unified team that had only a few weeks of practice together.

It was the first Olympic hockey game for both Koreas, and it showed.

An early shot by North Korea's Han Soojin might have made a statement, if not altered the outcome.

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The merged team had to overcome some language barriers.

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated regime's sources of revenue might pressure Pyongyang to further engage with Seoul. Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the U.S. would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".

Whether it was linguistic or other problems, in the end the team was simply outmatched by Switzerland.

"President Moon responded by saying that the two sides should work on establishing the right conditions to realize the meeting", the spokesperson said.

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