Pyeongchang Games organizers probe possible cyberattack

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul, South Korea in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) February 10, 2018. "The summit with Moon is the only way to present a united front with South Korea and therefore avoid global sanctions".

"Unlike the United States, we do not engage in dirty and messy acts to abuse sports events like the Olympics for political purposes, " the newspaper said in an article attributed to an unnamed writer.

Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam are on an unprecedented visit to South Korea amid abrupt reconciliation mood between the rival Koreas for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The message was delivered by Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, during a meeting with Moon at Cheong Wa Dae. "Putting in real effort is our people's wish". "And I wish for a future of unification and prosperity".

Pence was scheduled to leave for the United States on Saturday night.

Some local media reported system problems, including the Games website and some television sets, were due to a cyberattack but Sung said it was still too early to determine whether hackers had attempted to damage them. Moon also greeted Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, who was seated behind him.

North Korea has been accused of involvement in a number of cyber incidents, including WannaCry - although it has slammed that accusation as "absurd".

Pence is viewing the short-track competition, in which eight Americans are participating.

Ms Kim and the north's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam made up the most senior delegation from the north to visit the south since the Korean War in the 1950s.

Her position is such that, according to a Seoul-based think tank run by North Korean defectors, Kim briefly took charge of the country while her brother was reportedly ill with gout or diabetes in late 2014. Pence did not attend the hockey game.

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.

Pence's staff insists the vice president would have met with the North Korean officials if the North Korean officials were interested in meeting.

It said the two sides held "a comprehensive discussion. on the inter-Korean relations and various issues on the Korean peninsula in an amicable atmosphere", but did not say whether the North's weapons programme was mentioned.

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

"(President Moon) said a lot of nice things", said goalie Shin So-jung after the game. "So the question is, when are they going to hear that?"

Pence and the North Korean delegation, who both attended the Games opening ceremony, had no contact with each other. He'd been dispatched from Washington for the Olympics in part, he said, to make sure the world didn't forget that North Korea was a misbehaving and unsafe neighbor in the community of nations.

Vice-President Mike Pence, has been critical of the North's participation in the Games, seeing it as an attempt to create just such a division.

Diplomacy and politics aside, the vice president's appearance at the Olympics was also personal.

Even if he had met the North Korean officials, Pence would simply have reiterated his mantra that North Korea can not reap the benefits of being part of the community of nations while it threatens the world with its nuclear and missile aggression.