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10 Febrero 2018, 03:23 | Benedicto Grullon
Kim flexes military muscle on eve of Olympics
Members of the North Korean delegation are sitting in seats in the upper deck, cheering for the North Korean taekwondo team performing in the center of the stadium.
Pence, who has been vocal in his criticism of North Korea in the run-up to the Games, sat just feet away.
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" on Friday.
Pence was accompanied by his wife Karen Pence, and special guest Fred Warmbier, whose son Otto Warmbier died after his release from captivity in North Korea. Forty-six members of its crew were killed in an attack; a South Korean, U.K. and USA investigation showed it was carried out by the North.
Trumps number two has talked tough as he arrived in the South, pledging to ramp up "maximum pressure" after the Olympics.
A summit now would risk driving a wedge in the alliance between South Korea and the USA, which has sought to maximize pressure on North Korea to pressure Kim into giving up his nuclear weapons.
After a chaotic year of nuclear war threats and missile tests from the North, it was a striking visual moment.
Despite a year of tense back-and-forth, North and South Korean athletes plan to march together in the opening ceremony under one flag.
This year, though, the two Koreas seem to have set aside their differences - at least for the Olympics.
Games sponsor Samsung Electronics has donated 4,000 "Olympic edition" handsets of its flagship Galaxy Note 8 device to be distributed among athletes and IOC officials free of charge.
Pence has kept open the possibility for some contact with the North Koreans in South Korea, while reiterating Washington's insistence that denuclearisation by North Korea is a necessary condition for peace.
On his left lapel Kim wore a badge depicting the North's founder Kim Il Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's father.
This came after he promised the USA will announce the "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever".
The white aircraft had Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name, inscribed in black in Korean on its side, followed by the North Korean flag.
Hwang had been dismissed following an inspection into the bureau and sent to a party school for re-education, the South's National Intelligence Service said earlier this week.
It was unclear whether Mr. Kim was sending a message to Mr. Moon through his sister.
The opening ceremony took place before a world watching the Games not only for their athletic significance and global spectacle, but for clues about what the political future of the peninsula could hold.
As expected, it was very cold and breezy for the opening ceremonies at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Samsung also said the International Olympic Committee was responsible for distributing gifts at the Olympics and it had no further comment.
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