Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to USA officials who pushed back on South Korean reports that Pence deliberately came late to a VIP gathering Friday evening and then snubbed officials from Pyongyang.
The countries are still technically at war since a 1953 armistice, though they have resumed talks after a year-long standoff between North Korea and the United States in which an exchange of threats between the heads of state elevated tensions and prompted the North's continued missile and nuclear tests. Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sat nearby, looking expressionless.
A visit by Moon to the North would enable the first summit between leaders from the two Koreas since 2007.
The recent detente, anchored by South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympic Games that began on Friday, came despite an acceleration in the North's weapons programs past year and pressure from Seoul's allies in Washington.
They won't be the only cheer squad at the Olympics. The Winter Olympic Games organizer is in limbo whether handing out the device to North Koreans and Iranians would violate global sanctions.
Pence also reportedly avoided North Korea's delegation at a VIP reception prior to the ceremony.
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Earlier yesterday, Mr Pence said Mr Moon gave his backing to additional measures the United States is planning to try to curb North Korea's missile and nuclear programmes.
Washington calls it a campaign of "maximum pressure".
A DPRK taekwondo demonstration team has also come to demonstrate the traditional Korean martial art during the Winter Olympics. Moon is pursuing denuclearization of the peninsula through inter-Korea dialogue and using the worldwide sports event to promote this policy.
Korean coach Sarah Murray, a 29-year-old Canadian, used three of the 12 North Korean players assigned to her team for the game - forwards Kim Un Hyang, Jong Su Hyon and Hwang Chung Gum. Analysts believe its diplomacy is seeking to weaken the measures against it, and could be trying to loosen the alliance between Seoul and Washington.
Pyongyang has been steadfastly opposed to the joint military drills, describing them as preparations for invasion.
Only 22 North Korean athletes are taking part in what look set to be among the coldest ever Winter Games, whose build-up has been marked by confusion and bitterness over the participation of Russian athletes following a state-sponsored doping scandal.
Japan and South Korea have been at odds since the Moon administration announced in January internal findings on how the comfort women pact was reached before its signing under the administration of his impeached predecessor, Park Geun-hye. And the dessert? Pictures posted to social media by a South Korean lawmaker appeared to show that in at least one occasion, the chocolate barbed wire failed to dissolve.