North Korea has 'no intention' of holding talks with US at Games

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The U.S. VP stressed to President Moon and the South Korean people that the U.S. will stand shoulder to shoulder with its ally, South Korea, and work together towards a permanent and irreversible denuclearization of North Korea.

Pence, meanwhile, is taking a decidedly hard-line approach.

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Friday at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

To North Korean athletes, the news that they would not be getting Samsung phones would not be a surprise.

He had stopped in Japan ahead of attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea on Friday.

Pence avoided public criticism of Moon, congratulating South Korea on hosting the games and pledging continued support in addressing the North's nuclear threat.

Pence is declining to say whether he believes President Donald Trump is being well-served by his senior staff, amid reports that White House officials were aware of the allegations against Porter for several months.

Notably, North Korea did not unveil any brand-new weapons.

Aides acknowledged that the hard-nosed message is an unusual one for the affable Pence, but said the circumstances warrant the tone.

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North Korean state television broadcast footage of the parade a few hours after it concluded.

"Explicitly speaking, we have no intention to meet with the USA side during the stay in South Korea".

The Winter Olympics, which will take place just 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas, have triggered a rapid rapprochement on the peninsula, although analysts warn that warmer relations may not last long beyond the Games. At the same time, the vice president has deliberately left the door open to a possible encounter with North Korean officials expected to be in attendance.

Among members of the North Korean cheerleading squad to shoot to stardom is Ri Sol-ju, who is now the wife of Kim Jong-un.

This picture taken on September 3, 2017 and released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on September 4, 2017 shows North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un attending a meeting with a committee of the Workers' Party of Korea about the test of a hydrogen bomb, at an unknown location.

"I haven't requested any meetings, but we'll see what happens", he said Tuesday.

North Korean authorities had asked Seoul to provide much-needed fuel to the ship that transported the arts troupe - the most recent global sanctions against Pyongyang specifically targeted oil imports.

Moon again emphasised the need for talks with North Korea, saying that he hoped that the inter-Korean dialogue started by the North's participation in the Olympics would lead to broader talks on resolving the North Korean nuclear crisis, Yoon said.

When asked by reporters if he would be willing to have some sort of interaction, Pence had said "we'll see what happens".