US vice-president skips Olympics dinner in snub to North Korea officials


The US vice-president, Mike Pence, has skipped a dinner ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony where he was expected to share a table with North Korea’s head of state, in a sign of Washington’s intention to snub officials from the North at the Games. Pence briefly exchanged greetings with attendees at the dinner, including the South Korean president, Moon Jae-in, and the Japanese prime minister, Shinzo Abe, but avoided Kim Yong-nam, North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, who is the highest level official ever to go to the South. North Korea’s high-level diplomatic delegation, which arrived in the South on Friday, also includes Kim Jong-un’s sister. Kim Yo-jong, who became the first member of Pyongyang’s ruling dynasty to set foot in South Korea since the Korean war.(theguardian)…[+]