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US VP Pence skips Olympic dinner: Seoul

AFP  |  Seoul 

US Vice skipped a dinner ahead of the Winter opening ceremony today where he had been reportedly due to share a table with South Korea's and the North's of state, said.

Seating plans shown on television had Pence seated directly opposite the North's at the reception in Pyeongchang.

But a for the South's presidential said he arrived late, "exchanged greetings with those seated at the head table, and left without sitting down".

Pence had told in advance that he would be dining with US athletes soon afterwards "so his seat was not prepared accordingly", the said.

"He was going to leave immediately after taking the group photo session but Moon urged him to 'see friends' so he dropped by the reception venue briefly."

Pence did not shake hands with Kim, he added, but Japanese did, exchanging a few words with him.

Seating plans shown on South Korean television just minutes earlier had Pence sitting to Moon's left, directly opposite Kim.

The North's representative, its highest-level ever to visit the South, was placed between chief and UN

Neither Pence nor Abe took part in a group photo of the leaders at the reception, in which Kim stood behind Moon.

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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 16:50 IST