The distance between Seoul and Washington was laid bare in a meeting between Moon and a North Korean delegation, during which Kim Jong Un's sister passed on his invitation to visit Pyongyang for a summit.
Not counting the mostly South Korean hockey squad, the North's best performance came from figure skaters Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, who finished 13th in pairs. However, the North Koreans called off the meeting barely two hours before it was set to start.
But the sight of North and South Korean skaters on the ice together has touched many spectators, with an International Olympic Committee official even suggesting that the Korean team be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Despite suggestions that the event might be an opportunity for the two sides to talk, is unlikely that the USA officials will agree to any such face-to-face meeting. -South Korean military operation against North Korea, which would be the height of interventionist folly, much like the Korean War of 1950-1953.
Pence agreed to the meeting before leaving for his Asia trip on February 5, 2018.
There was no indication that a meeting had indeed been planned and then canceled on short notice until Tuesday, more than a week after Pence returned to the United States.
During her three-day visit, Kim Yo Jong attended the opening ceremony and watched South Korean and North Korean athletes march under the unification flag.
The latest visit by officials from the normally reclusive North will coincide with a U.S. delegation led by U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka. "The two sides attempted once to meet last time, and they confirmed each other's stance during that process", he said.
According to People, in his New Year's address, Kim Jong Un made remarks about his hope for a resolution with South Korea, especially with the Winter Olympics. "Perhaps that's why they walked away from a meeting or perhaps they were never honest about sitting down", Pence's chief of staff, Nick Ayers, said in a statement.
The DPRK sent its athletes and cheerleaders as well as a high-ranking delegation to PyeongChang, showing its willingness to improve inter-Korean relations and ease tensions on the Korean Peninsula.
Kim Yo Jong is one of the select members of the elite in North Korea who enjoys a lavish lifestyle while the vast majority of the populace lives in abject poverty.
After Brennan asked Tillerson if he is willing to work with and potentially negotiate with Kim, the secretary said that Kim is "who we will have to work with to achieve this diplomatically".