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Speaking to the KCNA state media outlet, North Korea's Kim Jong Un appeared very upbeat about continued diplomacy after the Winter Olympics, saying that he sees a "warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue", and that keeping up with the dialogue is important.

However, since Kim Jong-un would not personally show up to the Olympics, an Australian impersonator stepped in for him.

Chang said North Korea has two objectives with this diplomatic charm offensive.

The North Korean cheerleaders even won praise from American speedskaters Lana Gehring and Maame Biney, who gave comments to USA Today.

He did not elaborate and may have been referring to a remark by US Vice-President Mike Pence on his flight back to Washington from the Games.

In an interview with the Washington Post after he left Pyeonchang, South Korea, Mr. Pence said that the USA would enter talks without preconditions.

The South Korean police also became involved as the legality and appropriateness of his actions were evaluated. But Harris says Kim is after much more.

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He explained that "at the outset of any new dialogue or negotiations", the allies would demand that North Korea "put denuclearization on the table and take concrete steps with the world community to dismantle, permanently and irreversibly, their nuclear and ballistic missile programs". "Kim Jong Un is responsible for human rights violations and assassination of his own half-brother".

How big a propaganda coup has the North scored?

The 22-member high-level delegation led by the North's head of parliament Kim Yong-nam arrived in the South on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympic Games.

Travel between the two Koreas has been impossible without the approval of both governments since the 1950-53 war that divided the peninsula and ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

Tillerson had told reporters one day earlier that the United States was in "direct contact" with North Korean leaders and had several channels open with Pyongyang, whenever they were ready to talk.

The delegation's visit intrigued many in South Korea, but also met skepticism, with some critics seeing the North's participation in the Games as a reward for bad behavior.

Park Geum-taek, 44, from Olympic host city Pyeongchang, added: "Given the history of our countries, I feel like we must win all sporting games against Japan". Necks craned and mobile phones were held aloft to catch a glimpse.

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"I thought she was too arrogant". "They were just doing their little chants and flag waves".

Their presence is proving divisive in the United States, however, with accusations that Pyongyang is implementing a "choreographed" propaganda weapon as a kind of distracting charm offensive.

North Korea has racked up an expensive bill at the Olympics, putting its people up in luxury hotels in South Korea, but the North won't be picking up the bill for this adventure.

The admiral said China, which is North Korea's main trading partner, "can and should do more" as part of the pressure campaign.

He said Moon is a "daily struggle" for the Trump administration's effort to rein in North Korea.

Mr Pence stressed the United States would continue imposing sanctions and putting pressure on Pyongyang.

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