As athletes continued to arrive in the Mountain and Coastal Clusters ahead of Friday's opening ceremony, some were asked about any special measures they're taking to stay healthy generally during cold and flu season.
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The north's decision to send a large delegation to the games is thought to reduce the chance of a missile launch or nuclear test. "It must accede to the wishes not only of nations across the region and the United States, but nations across the world, to really abandon those ambitions and enter the family of nations".
With the North Korean official's attendance at the Olympics raising hopes of high-level inter-Korean talks, Pence stopped short of ruling out the prospect that he could meet senior North Korean officials, despite President Donald Trump having cast doubt on US negotiations with Pyongyang anytime soon.
In a rare move, South Korea made a decision to lift sanctions on North Korea in order to "support a successful hosting of the Olympics".
The almost identical comments by Pence and Tillerson expressing openness to a meeting with the North Koreans appeared deliberate and coordinated.
"If Trump does not get rid of his anachronistic and dogmatic way of thinking, it will only bring about the effect of further endangering security and future of the United States", the government said in comments carried by the North's official Korean Central News Agency.
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Security forces cordoned off the area and were searching for possible accomplices of the bomber, the military statement said. Initial reports suggested that the bomber blew himself up in a ground where soldiers were playing volleyball.
During Pence's visit, Washington wants to keep the focus on the North's disregard for calls to halt its nuclear program and convince allies to keep pressuring Pyongyang, officials said earlier.
While the White House denies a shift in policy, it has offered mixed messages on North Korea.
The Minister of Sports, Kim Il-guk, will lead that group.
More recently, Trump has softened his approach, telling South Korean President Moon Jae-in on a recent phone call of "his openness to holding talks between the USA and North Korea at the appropriate time, under the right circumstances", according to the White House.
The North Korean tabloid Chosun Ibo also speculated that beer has been in works since at least 2015, after that the leader of the country, Kim Jong-un, complained that beers imported from South Korea are too bland. "We have lines of communication to Pyongyang".
"Let's just meet and let's - we can talk about the weather if you want", Tillerson said.