He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government. The president has repeatedly threatened to bomb North Korea and derisively refers to Kim as "Little Rocket Man".
"And to recognize that whatever images may emerge against the powerful backdrop and idealism of the Olympics, North Korea has to accept change", Pence told reporters at a South Korean naval base before heading to the Olympic Games venue.
The task of Pence's trip, created to distract the world's gaze from North and South Korea's Olympic unification, proved too hard to execute as remarkable images of a smiling Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, standing alongside Moon at the Blue House emerged from the day and dominated the airwaves.
President Moon supports more engagement with North Korea and held three hours of talks over lunch on Friday in the presidential palace with Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam, who is technically North Korea's head of state. But as the loss deepened - Korea finally lost to Switzerland 8-0 - it was hard to find a silver lining.
Two South Korean presidents, both of them progressives, have gone to Pyongyang for summits before, both with Kim Jong Un's father.
The good times may continue later Saturday, when North Korean delegates could attend the debut of the first-ever inter-Korean Olympic team at the women's ice hockey tournament. Kim Jong Un and Kim Yo Jong have the same mother, Ko Yong Hui.
Moon and Kim met at Chong Wa Dae for discussions Saturday, and in another historic moment, Kim became the first member of the Kim family to sign the Blue House guestbook.
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Its most famous alumna is Ri Sol Ju, better known these days as the First Lady of North Korea. One mother told her daughter she would kidnap her to keep her off the plane. She is a close aide to her brother "and since his accession manages his public events, itineraries and logistical needs, among other tasks", according to North Korea Leadership Watch.
Speaking after a practice on Wednesday, Murray said she had anxious that her team might splinter into groups - "But it is fantastic", she said.
"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program", Pence said, adding that he was "encouraged" by his talks with the South Korean President.
Kim Yo Jong's profile has been steadily rising since 2014, when she was made deputy director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party.
The North Korean cheerleaders charmed the crowd with nostalgic oldies.
"Obviously this game had more meaning than just a game, " said Danelle Im, a Canadian who plays for the Korean team, "so it was great to be a part of it".
"Kim Yo Jong is the ideal counterpart to this", Hwang said. The North and the United States were also holding a series of high-level talks on Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programmes. She wanted them to know she was happy they were going, she told them, even as she anxious they might not make it home. He wants them all to win medals. "I'm happy I can see that wish come true, even if it's just for a hockey game". "But when they chanted, 'Him Nae Ra, ' which means 'cheer up, ' I realized that they are not strangers".