Pyeongchang Olympics, part 1


Pyeongchang Olympics, part 1

Members of the North Korean delegation hold flags of the combined Koreas before the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.

Cheerleaders from North Korea let rip in support for Choe Un Song but he was eliminated in the 1,500m heats and the 25-year-old failed to qualify for the semi-finals.

Vice President Mike Pence, who was visiting South Korea for the Olympics, has used increasingly hostile language against the North in recent days, calling it the most tyrannical regime on the planet and steadfastly avoiding interactions with North Korean delegates at the Games.

A high-ranking North Korean delegation of Kim, and North Korea's nominal head of state, Kim Yong Nam, had arrived in South Korea earlier in the day aboard Kim Jong Un's private jet. Most notable were South Korean triumphs in speedskating and the German stars Felix Loch in luge and biathlete Lauren Dahlmeier. That part is yet to be determined, as politicians, analysts and curious citizens debate whether the North Koreans' amicable presence at these Olympics is legitimate or simply the latest version of a "charm offensive" from the dictatorship, a calculated move created to engender global support and separate South Korea from its alliance with the United States.

Both of those South Korean presidents had struggled under growing domestic criticism after their trips to Pyongyang had resulted in large shipments of aid and investment but failed to end the North's nuclear weapons program. "I was standing and I think the whole team felt very much welcome and this welcome does not depend on who stands and who does not stand", Bach said.

These officials said that while Pence did not greet Kim Yong Nam, he didn't deliberately skip over him.

Deepening the odd-man-out optics for Pence, Moon and Kim, smiling broadly, exchanged a handshake and cheered the team enthusiastically. On Saturday, Switzerland, a team with plenty of talent and ranked sixth in the world, had 52 shots on goal (to just eight for Korea) and won easily, 8-0.

The meeting is the most significant diplomatic encounter between the two sides in more than a generation, CNN said.

She's been known to act as an advance-team leader, inspecting sites before official visits and taking on administrative duties, analysts said.

The overwhelming feeling here on Saturday, though, was one of unity. "Not only the leaders but also the rest of the performers will be punished for not reporting suspicious signs of a defector", he says.

"We know", Danelle Im, a Korean forward, said.

"I felt a little odd to see North Koreans so close", he said.



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