After S. Korea visit Pence says 'no daylight' on North

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un pledged efforts to continue the reconciliatory mood with South Korea as he welcomed back a high-ranking North Korean delegation from their trip to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea, South Korea's Yonhap news agency quoted the North Korea's state-run news agency as saying Tuesday.

"Clearly a charm offensive, and I think it behooves us and our Korean allies not to be charmed and consider North Korea for the regime it is and to deal with it on the basis of fact and not charm", Harris said.

"We want to make sure North Korea understands us, and if there's an opportunity for talks that can communicate the fixed policy of the United States of America to them, the president has made it clear he always believes in talking". The IOC had openly spoken of doing everything it could to assure North Korea would be here, and South Korea agreed to share its women's hockey roster and to walk in as one Korea for the opening ceremony.

South Koreans are hardly unanimous in their opinions about the unified Korean Olympic team and the temporary rapprochement with the North.

Pence was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

"After receiving the delegation's report, Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over it and said that very impressive were the features of the south side which specially prioritized the visit of the members of the DPRK side who took part in the Winter Olympics", KCNA said.

"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program.", said Pence while attending the 2018 games opening ceremony.

South Korean officials said Moon had been invited to Pyongyang to speak with Kim Jong Un during the talks and lunch that Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul on Saturday.

"When he gave me a hug, I felt the warmth and his sincerity toward North Korean human rights issues", he said.

The 30 year-old, an increasingly prominent figure in her older brother's government, was the North's first ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War.

He said war had forged "the core of the bond" between the US and South Korea and that helps explains "why there is no daylight and there will be no daylight" between the two.

"Say what you will about the brutal North Korean dictatorship, at least they are #RESISTING Trump!". And we are ready to have the first meeting without preconditions.

Vanessa Coleman

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