"It was so loud after Randi scored we couldn't hear each other talk on the bench".
North Korea boycotted the Games and was even seen trying to sabotage the event when, in 1987, a bomb planted by North Korean agents detonated on an passenger plane to Seoul, killing all 115 people on board.
Washington was caught off guard by the effectiveness of the North Korean propaganda campaign, United States officials said.
One thing they aren't doing, however, is talking to people.
Meanwhile, Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump have discussed North Korea by phone, but the discussion was not in-depth, a Kremlin spokesman has said.
Despite the freeze in ties between the United States and North Korea, a handful of skaters from both sides are breaking the Olympic ice with a budding friendship.More news: Hero teacher in Florida shooting says government, country 'failed us'
Comments by US Vice President Mike Pence suggest the United States may be looking more favourably at diplomatic engagement with North Korea as South Korea considers a rare summit with its neighbour and long-time foe.
On Tuesday, the US director of national intelligence, Dan Coats, said North Korea presented "a potentially existential" threat to the United States and said time was running out to act on the threat.
"They know what has to be on the table for conversations", he said.
During his 2016 election campaign Trump proposed a major shift in USA policy by saying he was willing to talk personally to Kim.
A top U.S. Navy commander is the latest voice in the military to express skepticism over North Korea's recent charm offensive. But nearby, also a guest of the South Koreans, was Kim Yo Jong, the sister of Kim Jong Un.
But in a further sign of a thaw in relations, on Saturday Ms Kim handed over a letter from her brother to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in, inviting him to visit Pyongyang. Such a meeting, if it came about, would mark the first inter-Korea summit since 2007.More news: Marco Belinelli chose 76ers because he 'trusts the process'
A senior South Korean military official stationed at the border between North and South Korea told Reuters North Korea has lowered the volume of its border propaganda broadcasts since the Olympics' opening ceremony on February 9.
Tillerson again said on Monday it was up to North Korea to decide when it was ready to engage in a "sincere" and "meaningful" way and that it was too early to judge whether a new diplomatic process was underway. "I believe the South Korean government will have to discuss this matter with close allies like the United States and other key countries and Japan and Russian Federation".
Notably, Mr Moon, but also Kim Yong-nam, leader of the North Korean delegation in his capacity as Head of State of the country, are expected, according to the protocol.
The historic tally by American-born Griffin was cheered by South Koreans inside the Kwandong Hockey Centre and sent North Korea's "Army of Beauties", an all-female cheerleading delegation, into a flag-waving frenzy.
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