Switzerland upset unified Korean team at women's ice hockey in PyeongChang

Switzerland upset unified Korean team at women's ice hockey in PyeongChang

Ms Kim and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam made up the most senior delegation from the North to visit the South since the Korean War in the 1950s.

And as the South appeared to look favorably on warming ties on the Korean Peninsula, Pence insisted Saturday "there is no daylight" among the United States and allies South Korea and Japan in intensifying pressure on the North over its nuclear and missile programs.

In its first reports about the Games, North Korea's state-run media slammed U.S. Vice President Mike Pence on Saturday for what it called "shameful" and "snobbish" behavior not in line with the spirit of the Olympics.

But away from the spotlight, these two unwanted guests, men dressed as North Korea supreme leader and the U.S. president, were escorted away from the premises.

"Chairman Kim Jong Un's envoy Kim Yo-jong delivered a letter expressing a willingness to improve relations", the presidential spokesman said.

This difference of opinion was on full display during the Winter Olympics's opening ceremonies.

Pence did say, however, that Moon shared with him details of his meeting with North Korean leaders, without elaborating.

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On a flight back to the US from the winter Olympics in South Korea, Mr. Pence told reporters that his meetings with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe reaffirmed that the allies still "stand together" against North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Will the North Korean cheerleading team?

The summit culminated in an eight-point agreement, built on the 2000 declaration.

Many experts say Kim's overture is meant to use improved ties with Seoul as a way to weaken US -led worldwide sanctions toughened after its series of big weapons tests past year that include its sixth and largest nuclear test explosion and three intercontinental ballistic missile launches.

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.

Selin Kim of the Korean women's hockey team skates against Switzerland during Saturday's tournament opener for both teams at Kwandong Hockey Centre.

Mr Moon took a commemorative photo with the North Korean guests prior to their talks.

The run-up to these Games has been nearly as tense, with North Korea's Kim and President Trump trading barbs and raising concerns about nuclear conflict in the region. Watch to see how many North Korean players take the ice because the team was created a few weeks ago. (During a New Year's Day speech, Kim Jong Un said "North and South must work together to alleviate the tensions and work together as a people of the same heritage to find peace and stability.") Kim added that he wanted North Korean athletes to participate in the Olympics.

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