Olympic message of peace is universal: United Nations chief

"The North Korean players have their own vocabulary that has evolved in North Korea and that has been a big challenge", said Randi Heesoo Griffin, a player who became a South Korean citizen for the Olympic team.

Moon sought to reassure U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that the allies remained in lockstep despite North Korea's joint appearance at the Olympics.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office says his lunch meeting with senior North Korean officials including leader Kim Jong Un's sister has ended.

Just before the opening ceremony, Kim Yong Nam attended a dinner for visiting foreign dignitaries hosted by Moon.

But away from the spotlight, these two unwanted guests, men dressed as North Korea supreme leader and the U.S. president, were escorted away from the premises.

As the Winter Olympics formally opened with Friday's Opening Ceremonies, the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee said its servers were being hacked by an unidentified attacker.

"Special envoy Kim Yo Jong delivered a personal letter" from her brother stating his "wish to improve inter-Korean relations", said Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

At the opening ceremony, scores of these "Olympic Athletes from Russia" took part in the Parade of Nations wearing outfits that bore no national markings.

The cyberattack follows a string of previous incidents involving various Winter Olympics computer systems, including a spying operation that is believed to have originated from North Korea.

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The official said Pence and Moon did not discuss the North Koreans' invitation to Moon for a summit in Pyongyang, which would set the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in 10 years.

President Trump's right-hand man was at the Gangneung Ice Arena on Saturday night to watch the opening session of short-track speedskating and, for the second evening in succession, he was unable to avoid a connection to North Korea. "And so when you put it that way they're not really participating in the Olympics".

And bring them together this hockey team did.

"I think this overture towards South Korea is partly sanctions-related, and also related to the fact that it's clear a divergence has developed between Washington and Seoul's most keenly desired goals in the near term", said Andray Abrahamian, a research fellow at Pacific Forum CSIS in Hawaii.

Her muted style stands in stark contrast to Kim Jong Un, whose eccentric style and fiery rhetoric has shaped the image of North Korea. "President Moon responded by saying that the two sides should work on establishing the right conditions to realize the meeting".

The invitation was delivered in a meeting between Moon and the North Korean leader's sister, Yo-jong.

On the other hand, however, North Korea's goal could be to drive a wedge between the USA and South Korea.

The global community, including Pyongyang's traditional allies China and Russian Federation, have rejected a nuclear-armed North Korea.

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