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headquarters that Guterres sat near 90 year old Kim Yong Nam at a dinner Friday night, and they were also near each other during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. Vice President Mike Pence and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were seated just feet apart during Friday’s Olympic opening ceremony, but they did not interact.
Pence was seated between South Korean President Moon Jae in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, with Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea’s 90 year old nominal head of state, seated a row behind. delegation to the opening ceremonies, where he has worked to pour cold water on warming ties between the two Koreas.
South Korea says North Korea has withdrawn a request that the South provide fuel to a North Korean ferry that transported more than a 100 artists for performances marking the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry said Friday that the Mangyongbong 92 will return to the North on Saturday.
The North Korean artists performed Thursday in Gangneung, a coastal city that will host the skating, hockey and curling events during the games, and are to perform again in Seoul.
South Korea says the artists will return to the North on Tuesday by a land route.
Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a difficult decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in international sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean officials have attended a pre Olympic opening ceremony reception hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae in, but did not meet face to face.
Pence spokeswoman Alyssa Farah says Pence visited with guests at several tables at Friday’s reception, “but did not come across the North Korean delegation.”
Pence rode to the reception with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the two held a private conversation while waiting more than 10 minutes for a photo opportunity with Moon.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has warned South Korean President Moon Jae in not to fall for North Korea’s “smile diplomacy” during the Olympics, saying the North remains committed to developing nuclear weapons and missiles even while pursuing talks with the South.
Moon’s office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt international efforts to deal with North Korea’s nuclear program. Moon and Abe met Friday hours before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.