The Trump administration is wary of engagement with the North, which has been subjected to increasingly tough global sanctions, unless it shows clear signs of giving up its nuclear weapons program.
"The president (of the IOC, Thomas Bach, ) nearly as a bridge sat between the president of the Republic of Korea and the honorary head of state of the DPRK last night and they were talking throughout the hockey", Adams said, using the abbreviation for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.
Such a summit, if it came about, would mark the first time that leaders of the two Koreas have met since 2007.
There were rumblings of discontent over having to drop players to add the North Koreans, and of being pawns in a game they did not want to play. On the other, the president of South Korea sat with Kim's sister and North Korea's nominal head of state, separated only by IOC President Thomas Bach. In a news conference last month, he said he was not interested in "talks for talks' sake".
But North Korea's bad record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind.
A power play? Perhaps.
He has gotten closer to completing nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States than his father and grandfather, who had ruled before him, had ever hoped for, and did do with a heavy cost: increasingly biting sanctions. While Trump's advisers have threatened military action to prevent Kim from gaining the ability to strike the U.S. homeland with a nuclear weapon, Moon is seeking to prevent a war that could devastate South Korea and the region.
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'We have to put this in context.
There was a carnival atmosphere as the near-capacity crowd cheered hard for their team from the moment the puck dropped and roared each time a Korean player held possession.
Outside, on an evening cold enough to freeze breath, South Koreans of all generations gaily waved flags of a unified Korean peninsula.
It drew worldwide attention for featuring players from both North and South Korea, who wore white jerseys with an image of a united Korean peninsula emblazoned in pale blue. Some South Koreans hope it is a symbol of a peaceful unification. The North's political delegation was set to leave Sunday.
"I wish I can see you in Pyongyang at an early date".
The build-up has been dominated by matters involving North Korea and Russian Federation.
However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear program was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".
"His goal is to do enough on the inter-Korean front to get the United States and North Korea to jaw-jaw", Green said. He has called for formal talks, repeatedly, arguably leading to Kim's request to participate in the Olympic Games that kicked off this week. "They have people hungry in North Korea".
Moon and Pence spoke Saturday while taking in the speedskating competition, but aides did not immediately say whether the invitation came up during the discussion.
On Saturday, she sat down for almost three hours of meetings and lunch at the Blue House, South Korea's presidential complex.