Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-Jong (back left), watch the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games last Friday at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
"I am aware that some people argue that because North Korea is engaging in dialogue we should reward them", Foreign Minister Taro Kono said before the Games.More news: Turnbull pressures Joyce to quit
Every detail of her visit as the key member of a diplomatic delegation to the South's Winter Olympics was scrutinised, from the clothes she wore and her facial expression to the bag she was carrying and even her handwriting.More news: Analyzing Analyst Recommendations: Newell Brands Inc. (NWL), KEMET Corporation (KEM)
"This clearly proves that the U.N. Security Council, overpowered by high-handedness and arbitrariness of the USA, has only turned into the tool of infringement upon people's right and barbarous state sponsored terrorism", a statement by the North Korean delegation to the U.N. said.
A USA official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said more important would be how Pyongyang behaved after the Olympics. During the weekend, my tour guide Cindy told me she was upset with South Korean President Moon Jae-in for welcoming such a large contingent from the North, including Kim's sister. Under the agreement reached by the two teams, at least three North Korean players must be selected for each game.
Moon and his administration hosted several meetings and meals for the delegation during their stay at the presidential Blue House and luxury five-star hotels while Moon personally accompanied Kim Yo Jong for events at the Olympics as well as an orchestra concert.More news: Crude Oil Holding Above USD60
KCNA also reported Tuesday that Kim Jong Un has met and had a photo session with members of the Samjiyon Orchestra, which returned to the North on Monday after giving two performances in the South as part of cultural exchanges between the two Koreas on the occasion of the Olympics. Pence endorsed a change of tactics after Moon assured him the North Koreans wouldn't get economic or diplomatic benefits just for talking - they must take concrete steps toward denuclearization. It had shown no interest so far in negotiating over demands to give up its nuclear and missile programmes. The rogue country has not provided any new information after completing its visit to South Korea.