>> North Korea's Olympics diplomacy has opened doors in the South, and soon Pyongyang may even be in talks with the US. In a Washington Post interview Sunday, Vice President Mike Pence hinted dialogue may be possible. Pence says the US and South Korea have agreed on terms for more diplomacy with North Korea, first with Seoul, then possibly direct talks with Washington with no preconditions.
In the meantime, Pence says the US will stick to its maximum pressure campaign. However, his comments suggest the Trump White House, which has been taking a hard line on North Korea, may be coming around to a more diplomatic approach. As Reuters' James Pearson reports, that's exactly what Pyongyang has hoped for.
>> They came down to the Winter Olympics. South Korea couldn't refuse that advance, especially not having dubbed them the peace Olympics. This has put South Korea, it's put the US in a difficult position. You saw the kind of body language and the tension in the VIP box with Mike Pence during the opening ceremony.
Overall at least, North Korea's probably getting a lot of what it wants out of this. And one big thing that North Korea wants is to drive a wedge between the US and South Korea.>> South Korea's leaders are already counting on better ties. Seoul said Monday, it's looking to arrange new reunions of families divided by the Korean War.
It also wants to tone down military tension with Pyongyang before a possible summit.>> Just to give an example of how North Korea has managed to make this work to their own advantage diplomatically. In a bilateral meeting between Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, Abe actually asked Moon to not delay the winter military exercises, which is something that Moon had suggested they do because of the Winter Olympics.
Moon responded to Abe that it was inappropriate for him to have even brought this up, underlying there is clearly tension because of North Korea between the likes of South Korea and Japan.>> North Korea and its athletes stole the spotlight this weekend at the Winter Games. An American member of the Olympics Committee even called for the joint Korean hockey team to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.