Published: Thu, February 15, 2018
World | By Melba Underwood

With extraordinary political theater, Winter Olympics begin

With extraordinary political theater, Winter Olympics begin

On Thursday, North Korea said its official delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics had no intention of meetings its USA counterpart.

The event, cheered by the crowd at the Gangwon Career Education Institute in Sokcho, featured teams from both countries performing for 25 minutes before briefly joining together as one, Reuters reports.

U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, who sat near Kim Yong Nam at the dinner, had a brief exchange with him and "reiterated his expectation and hope that all parties will use dialogue to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", U.N. deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.

A sense of détente, at least for the time being, prevailed in and around the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium Friday as the Winter Games opened in a ceremony where North and South Korean athletes marched under a unified flag.

The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.

"We have never begged for dialogue with the USA and will be the same in the future", Cho Yong Sam, a senior official at the North's foreign ministry, was quoted as saying by the communist state's official Korean Central News Agency. The women are reportedly selected by strict beauty standards set by leader Kim Jong Un, who married one of its former members.

While Yo Jong and Moon Jae-in warmly greeted each other with a broad smile, United States Vice President Mike Pence remained away at a length in the VIP box and maintained a stony face.

"North Korea seems to have no intention of abandoning its nuclear (program)", a Japanese government official said.

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During his meeting with the four defectors, including some who had been tortured and abused by the North, Pence warned that the world would see "a charm offensive by North Korea" Friday. However, some powers, instead of extending them a helping hand in normalising their ties, are trying to spoil the atmosphere which is no service to the noble objective of restoration of much needed peace and tranquillity in the Korean peninsula.

Kim met with South Korean president Moon Jae-in at the Olympic opening ceremony, and the pair shook hands.

Only 22 will dress to play Saturday night, leaving Murray the hard task of deciding whether to play any of the North Koreans or sit some of the South Koreans she has worked with for many weeks.

Pence stood to welcome the United States athletes as the Korean pop hit Gangnam Style blared around the stadium, sparking the "Horse Dance" in the crowd and among the volunteers.

During the women's 500 meters short-track speedskating, North Korean fans held up the Korean Unification flag unification flags.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".

The meeting led to a series of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, as well as the launch of a joint factory park in the North's border town of Kaesong in 2004.

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