Pence did not purposefully avoid North Korean delegation: White House

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence found himself in the same room with North Korean officials on Friday evening, at a diplomatic reception ahead of the opening ceremony for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
But he seemed to go out of his way to try avoid them.
The White House later explained it was not meant to be an intentional snub.
Our Ji Myung-kil has more.
White House officials who briefed the traveling press pool on the vice president's flight from PyeongChang back to Seoul insisted Pence had not avoided the North Korean delegation on purpose.
They said he did not interact with the North Koreans because they were not seated near the area where he was greeting others.
His aides added that Pence left after five minutes... as he had a separate dinner with U.S. athletes,... stressing that his brief appearance at the reception was not a boycott.
The U.S. officials said the lack of interest in interaction between Pence and the North Korean delegation at Friday's events was mutual and that both sides rebuffed efforts by South Korean officials to set up a meeting.
At the reception,... UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres did meet with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam whom he urged to engage in dialogue to end the nuclear crisis.
Guterres reiterated his expectations and hope that all parties use dialogue to achieve a peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula.
His brief exchange with Kim Yong-nam was the highest-level meeting between the UN chief and North Korea.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.



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