That led to days of negotiations between the two countries, which in turn secured the north's participation at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

These two images gave some Opening Ceremony viewers from home the impression that the Olympic athletes marched, cheered and waved their flags to an empty stadium.

Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison. DN! speaks to Christine Ahn, the founder and worldwide coordinator of Women Cross DMZ, a global movement of women mobilizing to end the Korean War.

If that happens, then the U.S. 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.

The UN chief also extended his appreciation and pride to be at the Winter Olympics and highlighted the cooperation between UN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the values for which the IOC and its sister organisation, the International Paralympic Committee, stand.

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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.

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang. "She's in the Kim family", he said.

"I'm announcing today that the United States of America will soon unveil the toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever", Pence said.

It has dispatched a delegation of almost 500 people - mostly musicians, dancers, and an all-female cheering squad - and has been pushing its participation as a sign of willingness to work with Seoul, through greater exchanges, to ease what has been a year of very high tensions on the peninsula.

The officials toasted with the Korean liquor "soju" and were served buckwheat and potato pancakes, dried pollock soup, grilled halibut and other dishes.

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Tensions between the U.S and North Korea intensified during the past year, raising worries of armed conflict on the peninsula.

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Winter Olympics organizers say a cyberattack hit their computer servers during the opening ceremonies, Yonhap reported on Saturday. Moon shook Kim's hand; Pence stared forward and refused to engage with her.

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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