Winter Olympics 2018: Pence skips cooking with N Koreans

US Vice-President Pence (R) was seated nearby Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong (L) during a opening ceremonyImage copyright
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Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong was seated in a quarrel behind US Vice-President Mike Pence during a opening ceremony

US Vice-President Mike Pence has skipped a cooking during that he was due to share a list with North Korea’s rite conduct of state Kim Yong-nam.

Mr Pence quickly encountered Mr Kim though they attempted to equivocate directly confronting any other, Yonhap news group reports.

Meanwhile South Korean President Moon Jae-in has jarred hands with North Korean personality Kim Jong-un’s sister during a Winter Olympics opening ceremony.

The Games are holding place amid tragedy over North Korea’s chief programme.

What happened during a dinner?

Mr Pence and Kim Yong-nam were being hosted by President Moon before a opening rite in Pyeongchang.

But a US vice-president left a accepting venue after 5 minutes, South Korea’s Yonhap said.

While Mr Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe both shook hands with Mr Kim, Mr Pence did not, South Korean officials said.

Media captionWhat we’ve seen of Kim Yo-jong from North Korean media

At a eventuality Mr Moon pronounced he hoped a Winter Olympics would be remembered as a “day assent began”. He is due to accommodate a North Korean commission for talks on Saturday according to Yonhap.

At a opening ceremony, Mr Pence, North Korean personality Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam were seated in tighten vicinity to any other.

Mr Pence has brought to South Korea as a guest Fred Warmbier, the father of a immature American who died after being expelled from prison in North Korea.

Who is Kim Yo-jong?

The top form member of a North Korean commission to a Games, she is a initial evident member of a North’s statute family to revisit a South given a 1950-1953 Korean war.

Ms Kim, who is pronounced to be really tighten to her brother, was promoted to a North’s absolute politburo final year.

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She is on a US sanctions list over purported links to tellurian rights abuses in North Korea.

Ms Kim is suspicion to be about 30 years old, around 4 years younger than her brother.

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North Korea’s Ms Kim shook hands with South Korea’s Mr Moon during a opening ceremony

Her revisit is being seen as a pointer that Kim Jong-un is critical about improving ties with a South, a BBC’s South Korea match Laura Bicker reports.

She adds that some are also speculating that Ms Kim competence be bringing a summary from her brother.

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How will a Koreas contest during a Games?

Athletes from both North and South Korea marched underneath one dwindle during a opening ceremony, bringing spectators to their feet.

They are also fielding a corner women’s ice hockey team.

Alongside 22 athletes, Pyongyang has sent some-more than 400 representatives to a Games, including a group of cheerleaders and an orchestra.

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North and South Korean athletes marched underneath one dwindle during a opening ceremony

However a opening rite was not shown on North Korean state TV, that was broadcasting nationalistic songs and slogans celebrating attention and a armed forces.

Have family warmed?

Experts have cautioned that a stream detonate of sports tact does not put an finish to underlying informal tensions.

On Thursday North Korea had hold a troops parade that was creatively scheduled for Apr though was brought forward.

Nevertheless, 2018 has got a countries off on an softened footing.

Kim Jong-un astounded many in his televised new-year speech, when – amid threats opposite a US – he voiced support for a Winter Olympics and a wish to “melt a solidified North-South relations”.

The South had already pronounced a North would be acquire to send a delegation, though few believed it would happen.

Later in January, a communications hotline was reinstated between a dual countries, whose authorities afterwards met for a initial high-level talks in dual years.

The Korean peninsula has been divided given a 1950-53 fight and a dual sides have never sealed a assent treaty.

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