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Koreas unite for Olympic opening

12 Febrero 2018, 05:55 | Crisanna Felipe

Kim Yo Jong gets into a car in Incheon South Korea on Feb 9 2018

Kim Yo Jong gets into a car in Incheon South Korea on Feb 9 2018

After a photo together, each of the Koreans shook hands with the three men while Kim Jong Un's sister watched.

Always flanked by thick groups of bodyguards, Kim Yo Jong commanded attention wherever she went, walking among throngs of journalists with a quiet poise and occasionally shooting an enigmatic smile at cameras.

Kim Yo Jong, 30, was elected to the politburo previous year, but remains little known outside North Korea and has not appeared much in public until now.

Although South Korea has been a trenchant supporter of Trump's campaign of "maximum pressure" against North Korea, Moon has been keen to use the Olympics to pry open the door to better relations with its adversary.

The personal invitation from Kim was delivered verbally by his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, during talks and a lunch Moon hosted at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

The Trump administration is wary of engagement with the North, which has been subjected to increasingly tough global sanctions, unless it shows clear signs of giving up its nuclear weapons program. "So maybe Kim Jong Un must be applauding at home".

Moon was quoted by the news agency as saying, "The current visit of the delegation of the north side created a spark of improving the inter-Korean relations and ensuring peace on the Korean peninsula". While Trump's advisers have threatened military action to prevent Kim from gaining the ability to strike the United States homeland with a nuclear weapon, Moon is seeking to prevent a war that could devastate South Korea and the region.

If taken up it would be the first time in a decade that the leaders of both countries have met for a summit.

Beyond the Olympic imagery of togetherness and unity, many South Koreans are openly sceptical.

Police are shown trying to stop demonstrators from burning portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during an anti-North Korea protest before the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday.

Members of the delegations exchanged greetings during Friday's openg cerermony.

Kim Yo Jong is handed a blanket at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang South Korea on Feb 9 2018
Kim Yo Jong is handed a blanket at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang South Korea on Feb 9 2018

President Trump has traded insults with North Korea's leader and has led efforts to slap sanctions on the country for its refusal to yield to worldwide pressure to halt its nuclear weapons program.

Lower-level talks since then have been much hyped but failed to produce significant results.

"I think it is different from the last 20 years", Pence said, according to the Post.

Replacing or supplementing the Scud-based SRBM force with solid-fueled, highly-accurate C/SRBMs would be an important strategic development for North Korea.

Shivering athletes are bracing for one of the coldest Winter Olympics on record, with real-feel temperatures plumbing minus 10C at the opening ceremony.

In June 1950 fighting broke out between the communist North and capitalist South, sparking a brutal war that killed between two and four million people.

Last year, North Korea conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions as it pursues its goal of developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States.

USA vice president Mike Pence didn't discuss the invitation with Moon Saturday while they watched a speed-skating event, a senior White House official said.

The North's official media have reflected the positive tone, with the ruling party's mouthpiece Rodong Sinmun carrying seven pictures of the delegation's departure from Pyongyang and arrival in Incheon on its front page Saturday.

In Pyeongchang, though, the two Koreas avoided talk of sanctions and basked instead in Olympic goodwill, which was nowhere more evident than on Saturday night when a joint Korean women's ice hockey team took to the ice.

Also, North Korea sent its own cheerleader squad and an art troupe who are scheduled to perform in the Pyeongchang Winter Games.



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