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Mike & Karen Pence Sit While North Korean Athletes Enter Stadium

Mike & Karen Pence Sit While North Korean Athletes Enter Stadium

In addition to her participation in a 20-minute meeting at the airport with South Korean officials and her time with Moon at the opening ceremonies, Kim is expected to attend a lunch meeting with Moon later in the Olympics fortnight.

She was joined by other members of North Korea's delegation, including Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

Kim Yo Jong earlier on Friday became the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in described the games as a "festival and celebration of peace", and the competition's curtain-raiser certainly set the tone.

The South is still technically at war with the North after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, and the U.S. and North Korea have recently swapped nuclear threats.

Now the North is subject to multiple rounds of United Nations security council sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, while the democratic South has risen to become the world's 11th-largest economy.

The two impersonators snapped photos together as a way to send a message of peace.

For PyeongChang, two female ice hockey players from the joint North-South team carried a torch up of the lighted stairs of what looked like a ski slope.




North and South Korea have always been at odds, so when athletes from both nations walked under the same flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday the world paid attention.

Samaneh Beyrami Baher of Iran carries the national flag at Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics - Opening ceremony on February 9, 2018.

Four years after falling ill with swine flu during the 2014 U.S. Olympic Trials, Krueger, had a strong showing at the 2018 U.S. Olympic Trials in December winning the 500m, 1000m, and 1500m. They could also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul before heading back to Pyongyang.

Pence, who led the US delegation to the games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, was seated next to the host country's President Moon Jae-in, as well as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.

Kim Yo-jong at Incheon airport.

Organisers of South Korea's Winter Olympics apologised to the Iranian team before Friday's opening ceremony for a misunderstanding over gifts of Samsung mobile phones.

PYEONGCHANG, SOUTH KOREA-In his address to a shivering crowd of 35,000, Lee Hee-Beom promised the Pyeongchang Winter Games would be "above all, a peace Olympics". Pence vowed only this week to tighten sanctions on the North.

I mean, we get along personally, so I believe Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, they will, if they talk, they'll probably get along, because in my opinion, they're much the same people.


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