South Korea's president held landmark talks with the North's ceremonial head of state and the sister of its leader Kim Jong Un Saturday, even as the U.S. warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.
At the opening ceremony, Kim Yong-nam and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, waved to North and South Korean athletes who marched under a unified peninsula flag for the first time in a decade.
Moon also told Kim's sister that the North should have a dialogue with the U.S.
Now, Vice President Mike Pence has sent a strong message to North Korea regarding how he feels about Kim Jong Un's regime.
On Friday, Pence said the USA will be working to come up with a peaceful solution, but added that it will oppose talks between South and North Korea that don't involve the North dismantling its nuclear program.
Kim Jong-un's army of cheerleading bombshells arrive ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games 2018.
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On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea.
"South Korea has some hard homework to solve regarding some countries", President Moon said in a speech before Pence arrived.
The Winter Olympics are underway after a vibrant opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday. US Vice President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same VIP booth, looked stony faced as the extraordinary scenes unfolded.
"I think in the United States of America, just as in France - where the president was impressed on Bastille Day - we can celebrate our troops, not in any way ever be associated with the provocations of the North", he added.
During the 2000s, the two countries' athletes marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies of several global sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
US officials have not ruled out the possibility that the vice president might meet a North Korean official at the Olympics.