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[Published: Sunday February 11 2018]

Pence skips dinner with N Koreans

Pyeongchang, South Korea 9 Feb (ANA) - US Vice-President Mike Pence has skipped a dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam.
 
Mr Pence briefly encountered Mr Kim but they tried to avoid directly facing each other, Yonhap news agency reports.
 
Meanwhile South Korean President Moon Jae-in has shaken hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
 
The Games are taking place amid tension over North Korea's nuclear programme.  Mr Pence and Kim Yong-nam were being hosted by President Moon before the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang.
 
But the US vice-president left the reception venue after five minutes, South Korea's Yonhap said.
 
While Mr Moon and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe both shook hands with Mr Kim, Mr Pence did not, South Korean officials said.
 
At the event Mr Moon said he hoped the Winter Olympics would be remembered as the "day peace began". He is due to meet the North Korean delegation for talks on Saturday according to Yonhap.
 
At the opening ceremony, Mr Pence, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam were seated in close proximity to each other.
 
Mr Pence has brought to South Korea as a guest Fred Warmbier, the father of a young American who died after being released from prison in North Korea.(ANA)
FA/ANA/9 February 2018-

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