Mike Pence didn't snub North Koreans deliberately, officials say

Vice President Mike Pence and South Korean President

The South Korean president has been invited to travel to North Korea, following a formal invitation from the country's leader Kim Jong Un, according to a Blue House spokesman, CNN reports.

Moon sees the Games as an opportunity to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the worldwide stand-off over its nuclear programme.

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.

Kim Jo Jong carried a blue folder adorned with a seal, which was later confirmed to have contained a private message from Kim Jong Un himself.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in made a rare appearance in the North's official media today, with four pictures of him in the Rodong Sinmun, the official mouthpiece of the Workers Party. "Let us make it happen by creating the necessary conditions in the future", he was quoted as saying.

North Korean athletes "are not really participating in the Olympics", said the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who died past year after his release from imprisonment in North Korea. The dictator's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, were seated a row behind.

It's the final stop on a six-day trip that Pence had hoped would increase pressure on North Korea as it seeks to use the games to pursue an opening with the South.

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Speaking to reporters during a flight on Saturday, Mr Pence said: "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile programme".

USA officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North.

North Korea ice hockey player Chung Gum Hwang and South Korean bobsledder Won Yun-jong were joint flagbearers.

Kim Eui-kyeom, South Korean president's spokesman, said at a news conference in Seoul on Saturday that the North Korean delegation delievered the invitation letter at a landmark high-level meeting at the presidential palace in Seoul.

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.

If that happens, then the USA might lose its seat in any future talks to end North Korea's nuclear program - and it might harm relations with a staunch ally in the process.

Among the major highlights were American luger Erin Hamlin, a four-time Olympian who served as Team USA's flag bearer.

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