Pyeongchang: The number of people struck down by a virus causing vomiting and diarrhoea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have more than doubled to 86, though athletes remain unaffected, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.
Kim Jong-un hasn't set foot outside North Korea or met a single head of state since he assumed power upon the death of their father, Kim Jong-il, in late 2011.
The Winter Olympics that opened here Friday are taking on an unusually political tone as North Korea tries to drive a wedge between South Korea and the US through an aggressive charm offensive.
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They're having a ball if pictures taken of them at the event in Pyeongchang, South Korea, are anything to go by. The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn't skipped a beat in Pyeongchang.
In response, Moon said, "Let's create conditions going forward and make it". The vice president also drew criticism from some openly gay members of Team USA, who questioned his role at the Olympics due to his anti-LGBT views.
US Vice President Mike Pence also attended the Games opening ceremony but had no contact with the North Korean delegation.
"Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yo Jong and President Moon Jae In and his wife all stood up to wave to the players of the north and the south", it said.
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The last summit was held in October 2007 between Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong Il, the father of the current North Korean leader. The two Koreas remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.
"At any moment, he could have gotten up and left and sat somewhere else, and then you would have had the image of North sitting in the box with South Korea and Japan", the official added.
He said war had forged "the core of the bond" between the USA and South Korea and that helps explains "why there is no daylight and there will be no daylight" between the two.
North Korea has made clear that it does not intend to negotiate away its nuclear and missile programs in return for relief from worldwide sanctions.
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The senior U.S. official said Pence was not trying to avoid the North Korean officials but rather ignore them. North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from USA aggression.
The vice president's visit was also marked by bad blood between Pence and some US athletes. A national poll found that 46.5% of Koreans say Kim played the most important part in PyeongChang winning the bid for the 2018 games.
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