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The officials said it was fair to say both Pence and the North Koreans rebuffed South Korean President Moon Jae-in's efforts to facilitate a meeting between North Korea and the US.

Mr Pence stayed seated when South and North Korean athletes marched together under a unified flag, and also skipped a dinner with the North Korean delegation.

"President Moon said that US-North Korea talks should be held in the near future to improve inter-Korean relations, and asked the North to take a proactive approach to the matter", said a spokesperson for the Blue House, the official residence of the South Korean president.

The grand event which will run through February 25 will see 2,920 athletes competing for 92 nations with a record 102 gold medals at stake.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was visiting South Korea for the Olympics, has used increasingly hostile language against the North in recent days, calling it the most tyrannical regime on the planet and steadfastly avoiding interactions with North Korean delegates at the Games.

And on Friday, Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself, arrived for the first-ever visit to the South by a member of the ruling Kim dynasty.

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Moon was invited to a summit with Kim, even as the USA warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive. North Korea's Kim Ryon-hyang was also set to make her debut.

The North Koreans are planning to perform popular South Korean songs, in addition to North Korean music, according to Chosun TV.

Neither did Pence shake hands with Kim Yong Nam while making a brief appearance at a leaders' reception ahead of the ceremony - although Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe did so.

The US administration has sought to maintain pressure on North Korea through sanctions and tough rhetoric from President Donald Trump. "It was done in hockey, so why not with us?" he said. -South Korea joint exercises planned for April.

North Korea defends its weapons programs as essential to counter USA aggression, saying regular war drills between the United States and the South are preparations for invasion.

"We are here today because the Pyeongchang Olympics, a pure sports events, has turned into propaganda for the North Korean regime, Kim Jong Un's regime, that is against our will", said Kyung Hye Kim.

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