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11 Febrero 2018, 03:01 | Crisanna Felipe
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President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, are greeted by South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon as they smile before a banquet in Seoul, South Korea February 11, 2018.
The North Korean diplomatic initiative comes amid growing global pressure, led by the United States, aimed at imposing maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on the regime. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally.
As political theater goes, it was grand.
There is a palpable excitement in this isolated, rugged mountain town, as one of the poorest, coldest and most disgruntled parts of an otherwise prosperous South Korea kicks off two weeks of winter sports, spectacle and, from the looks of things, some inter-Korean reconciliation.
Attempts made to break the ice between North and South Korea as the Winter Games are declared open At an Olympic dinner reception created to break the ice between two nations still technically at war, the dessert said it all. They then posed for a team photo with the players sitting or kneeling on the ice and the dignitaries behind them on the bench.
It was the first Olympic hockey game for both Koreas, and it showed. In addition to hitting the crossbar, Han lost 12 of 17 face-offs and was a team-worst minus-7. But as the loss deepened - Korea finally lost to Switzerland 8-0 - it was hard to find a silver lining.
The two Koreas remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.
Reuters reported Saturday that newfound cooperation between the two countries, which do not now have a diplomatic relationship, began as a result of the South's willingness to allow the North to participate in the Olympic Games activities now being hosted in South Korea.
North Korea's Jong had one of the team's eight shots on the night.
The North has tough standards for who can join the cheerleading team, according to North Korean defectors cited in the local media. "The Unification Ministry has directly made an inquiry to the North Korean cheering squad and confirmed that it was not a Kim Il-sung mask". Not the crowd, not the players, and not their Swiss opponents. Phoebe Staenz and Lara Stalder added two goals each to round out the Swiss scoring. "They all had the same jersey on". And incredibly, the game may have been even more lopsided than the final score indicates.
Sarah Murray, the head coach from Minnesota who doesn't speak Korean, had referred to the plan to field a unified team as "the situation".
North Korea might seriously want to improve relations with its southern neighbor. "It felt special for sure". "We definitely didn't play the systems as well as I wanted us to play, as well as we know we can play".
In talks with reporters at his hotel later, Abe said: "I told (Kim Yong Nam) about our thoughts and positions, although I can't elaborate".
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But North Korea's bad record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind. The Pyeongchang Olympics are the second ever to be held on the Korean Peninsula, and its first Winter Games.