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Mattis says North Korea can't drive wedge between South, US

12 February 2018

US Vice President Mike Pence also attended the opening ceremony inb Pyeongchang but had no contact with the North Korean delegation.

OLYMPIC officials today said a cyberattack was responsible for an internet and Wi-Fi shutdown during the Pyeongchang Winter Games opening ceremony, but refused to say who was behind it.

North Korea is number one on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List, which ranks 50 countries where it's the most hard to live as a Christian.

The athlete said the experience was overwhelming especially because some 3,000 people were watching, including the South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong.

A protester stands in front of the portraits of Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un during a rally against North Korean participation in the Winter Olympics on Saturday in Seoul.

On his flight to Alaska on Saturday, the vice president said he left Asia "encouraged that we will continue to work very closely to continue and intensify the maximum pressure campaign" against North Korea.

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Intel designed and developed custom animations for the opening ceremony and nightly victory ceremony performances, which include animations of different sports and various Olympic-related logos including the formation of the iconic Olympic rings.

The Kim sister put her hands to her mouth in the first period when North Korean forward Jong Su Hyon went close.

North Korea has a persistent army of hackers that has attacked central banks and movie studios.

The smiles and handshakes were friendlier than some of the North's past history with the complex - in 1968 Pyongyang sent commandos to attack it to try to assassinate the South's then leader.

In its efforts to bring North Korea to the Pyeongchang Games, South Korea paused joint military exercises with the US and relaxed a series of sanctions, including on individuals like Ms. Kim.

Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates, including the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, arrived in the South on Friday on Kim Jong Un's private jet and attended the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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Moon and Pence spoke Saturday while taking in the speedskating competition, but aides did not immediately say whether the invitation came up during the discussion.

Also, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shook hands with South Korea's president which also showed an unexpected show of unity in Pyeongchang.

Fielding the joint hockey team was one of the key agreements the Koreas have struck after several rounds of talks at the border on how to cooperate during the Olympics, which run through February 25.

"We hope to see you in Pyongyang at an early date", Kim Yo Jong told Moon after delivering a personal letter from her brother, according to officials.

It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders.

According to a tweet by the International Ice Hockey Federation, Florence Schelling, who is the goaltender for the Switzerland women's hockey team, gave a shout out to her South Korean counterpart Shin So-jung for making 44 saves on 52 shots.

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Mr. Han, however, is not convinced it means anything, saying what North Korea wants most is to reduce pain from global sanctions.

Mattis says North Korea can't drive wedge between South, US