[Newsmaker] Kim Il-sung's face haunts South Koreans amid PyeongChang festivities

CNN took heat for a feature story on Saturday that said Kim Jong Un's sister is "stealing the show" at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

AP reports from South Korea that a historic moment happened even before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had officially begun.

Vice President Mike Pence met with North Korean defectors on Friday as he uses his appearance at the Winter Olympics to call on the worldwide community to grow tougher on North Korea's nuclear program and human rights abuses.

But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

That was not the case with Moon - either at the games, when he enthusiastically reached up to shake Kim Yo Jong's hand, or at the lunch the next day. North and South Korean athletes also won hearts when they marched under one flag at the ceremony. "It's not just that they're normalizing North Korea, they're trying to find some sort of connection".

The North's sudden, softer approach could also be part of a ploy to drive a wedge between the South and the US and other allies, who are all insistent on conditions from the North before any diplomatic changes are made, let alone sanctions relief.

At the same time, the vice-president has deliberately left the door open to a possible encounter with North Korean officials expected to be in attendance.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife arrived after the handshakes.

But considering the high level of tensions on the peninsula, the trading of insults that has taken place between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un, and the impasse over North Korea's nuclear program, these gestures should be celebrated as glimmers of hope that could help us avoid the real possibility of all-out war.

Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah says Pence visited with guests at several tables at Friday's reception, "but did not come across the North Korean delegation".

"Kim's proposal for a summit with Moon is based on the premise that the North will stick to its nuclear weapons while seeking rapprochement with the South", he told AFP.

Mr Moon and Mr Kim's sister will have another opportunity to talk when they attend the final performance of a visiting North Korean orchestra on Sunday evening in Seoul.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence also attended the Games opening ceremony but had no with the North Korean delegation.

North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, also accompanied Kim Yo Jong to the games.

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games Opening Ceremony will get underway in South Korea during the wee hours of the morning in the United States of America.

Talks at the inter-Korean border led to North Korea's participation in Pyeongchang.

Ms Kim is the first member of North Korea's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South after the two sides separated following the Korean War in the early 1950s.

After the image emerged, suspicions that the mask bore the picture of a young Kim Il-sung surfaced among South Koreans.

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