Kim Yong-nam has yet to visit South Korea, but he met with former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and his successor Roh Moo-hyun in Pyongyang ahead of their summits with late former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2000 and 2007, respectively.
The foreign minister said that Washington wants the world to perceive the inter-Korean dialogue and diplomacy as a result of the maximum pressure and the harshest economic embargo that they are imposing on Pyongyang.
"I got a kick out of it, frankly", Mattis told reporters Friday morning at the Pentagon.
The Korean team did not stand for either the North or South Korean national anthems. During the 1950-53 Korean War, the US rulers and their allies failed to conquer the entire peninsula and crush the revolution in the North, despite carpet bombing that destroyed nearly every building there.
But the South has been accused of depriving some of its own players to include North Korean women for political purposes.
North Korea hit back at US President Donald Trump yesterday after he slammed rights abuses under the hermit regime in his State of the Union address, with Pyongyang describing the speech as 'screams of Trump terrified by the North's power. It will march alongside South Korea in the Opening Ceremony on February 9, under a unified flag and the two countries will even field a joint women's hockey team. The North also plans to send a 230-member cheering group and a 140-person art troupe to the South during the games.
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This is a setback to the US government's decadeslong effort to isolate North Korea and an advance for the Korean people.
But South Korea is not sure if North Korean athletes will be eligible for the treats because of the UNSC sanctions, an Olympics organiser said.
Instead, Vice President Mike Pence will do everything he can to remind people that North Korea is "the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet", and not allow people to fall for the regime's "charade".
Also, the two countries have never had a unified team in any sport at the Olympics before.
Rob Koehler, deputy director of WADA, told i: "It's hard to access North Korea".