North's 'army of beauties' seduces as Koreans' Olympics debut ends in tears

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Kim has captivated media attention and fascinated the public since her arrival on Friday.

Pence and Moon were expected to view men's short-track speedskating together prior to the women's event, as an American and a Korean were competing against each other, but Moon kept Pence waiting and missed the event entirely. -South Korea relationship. Behind the scenes, Pence was working hard to preserve at least the basic framework of unity in the alliance.

An official travelling with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe in Pyeongchang told reporters the Japanese government believed sanctions were "starting to bite", citing recent instances of ship-to-ship transfers at sea.

The North Korean nuclear issue is also directly linked to South Korea's national security. They traveled to South Korea on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics, and stayed in the country to watch the hockey game with Moon.

Many analysts are skeptical about Kim Jong Un's motivations for this sudden outreach, especially as he continues to assert his desire to press ahead with his nuclear weapons program to fend off the "hostile" United States. But rather than presenting herself as a stiff party operative, she has looked engaged and interested during multiple outings in Seoul, Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korea have vowed to keep the momentum of inter-Korean rapprochement, the official Korean Central News Agency reported Sunday. Before now, she had been seen mainly in photos, but often in the background, as her brother took center stage.

Moon Jae-in must now walk a fine diplomatic line as he tries to encourage North Korea's new interest in dialogue without straying too far from the "maximum pressure" approach championed by the United States, South Korea's military ally.

One telling incident came early.

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North's 'army of beauties' seduces as Koreans' Olympics debut ends in tears

It was the US that appeared to be the one left in the cold, especially after the sister of the North Korean dictator extended an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit the North. South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun went to Pyongyang in 2000 and 2007 respectively to meet the current leader's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il. He supported Pence's moves to meet with North Korean defectors, paying respects at a memorial to the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack blamed on the North. Pence also invited as his Olympics guest the father of USA college student Otto Warmbier, who died after he was imprisoned by North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster.

Nothing has been settled on any trip north by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

In the course of what CNN informed its viewers and readers was a gold-medal-winning diplomatic performance, Kim Yo-jong, the US -sanctioned sister of Kim Jong-un, signed a guest book belonging to South Korea's president Moon Jae-in.

In Pyeongchang, though, the two Koreas avoided talk of sanctions and basked instead in Olympic goodwill, which was nowhere more evident than on Saturday night when a joint Korean women's ice hockey team took to the ice.

The dignitaries walked to the Korean bench, taking turns talking to players still standing on the ice.

Others warned against treating Kim Yo Jong's presence at the Olympics as a cause celebre.

To pave the way for the North's participation at Pyeongchang, South Korea had delayed the annual exercises with USA forces, which usually take place between February and March, until after the Olympics. For instance, each government formally considers itself to be the only legitimate one in Korea, with part of the country simply under temporary occupation by a rogue criminal force.

Moon has long sought engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table, and for months has promoted Pyeongchang as a "peace Olympics". It's anyone's guess as to when we might learn what's behind the facade.