The US had not requested talks with North Korea, but Pence left open the possibility of some contact although his message for denuclearisation remained unchanged.
The North Korean Olympics ferry sailed past sanctions temporarily into Mukho port in the South's eastern city of Donghae, an hour's drive from the main Olympics venue in Pyeongchang.
North Korean athletes will compete in figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and hockey.
Seoul's Unification Ministry says two countries reach a package of agreements including a joint women's ice hockey team and marching together under a "unification flag" during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Olympics next month.
Russian ice skating queen Evgenia Medvedeva who has been unbeaten since 2015, leads an all-star cast at this week's European championships.
North Korea's participation in Winter Olympics is the main agenda of the talks but family reunions, easing military tension may also be on table
US President Donald Trump and South Korea's President Moon Jae-in have agreed "to de-conflict the Olympics and our military exercises" to ensure the security of the upcoming Winter Games, the White House says.
Lindsey Vonn is the latest in a series of prominent US athletes who have snubbed the Trump administration.
Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested the United States could be using its influence in international sports organisations to create problems in the Russian presidential election.
France became the first nation to publicly raise the possibility of skipping the Olympics on security grounds.
The Deaflympics, a combination of the words deaf and Olympics, is the world's second oldest multiple discipline sports event after the Olympics.
These Turkish women broke stereotypes in their time and proved that they could achieve anything — from becoming prime minister to flying high as a combat pilot.
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