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Peaceful gesture amongst Koreans at Games, but US not impressed

12 Febrero 2018, 01:50 | Crisanna Felipe

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As the dopplegangers moved around Seoul, bumping fists and smiling like old friends, it was a sharp contrast from how the real Trump and Kim have interacted over the past months. Speaking to NBC's "Nightly News" on Thursday, the vice president continued to stress that the United States would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".

"They learned that winning is not everything and that you can get more cheers for trying to overcome differences", Park said.

Kim Yo Jong said she hopes to see Moon in Pyongyang soon so that he and her brother could "exchange views over many issues", which she said would make "North-South relations develop like yesterday was a long time ago".

The "Kim" impersonator told Reuters he and lookalike "Trump" were "getting along great".

Coach Sarah Murray played three North Korean forwards as required in the deal creating the team; she had to scratch three of her South Korean players for the game. Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of the North's leader Kim Jong-un, delivered her brother's letter to President Moon Jae-in, which includes an invitation to Pyongyang at an early date.

Looking confident and relaxed, she had a brief meeting at the airport with South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, before being whisked away in a black limousine and catching the high-speed train to the mountains of Pyeongchang.

Despite freezing temperatures, Tongan athlete Pita Taufatofua bore his country's flag again, oiled up and shirtless as he was when his appearance at the 2016 Rio Olympics went viral.

He arrived late to the reception that Moon hosted before the opening ceremony, missing the group photo that included Kim Yong Nam, and stayed only five minutes, greeting the dignitaries at the top table but bypassing North Korea's head of state.

The North's Olympic "detente" is a striking shift in tactics.

At a dinner later on, Kim Yo Jong said she didn't feel like a stranger in South Korea even though it was her first visit.

Like most members of her family, little is definitively known about Kim beyond her official rank. Televisions in the Main Press Centre were affected during the opening ceremony.

The meeting took place after Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates attended the Olympics' opening ceremony.

For that reason, Schoff said, Washington should work closely with Seoul to shape any North-South summit agenda, "defending the role of exercises for stability and insisting that denuclearization is front and center of any peace talks".

That was not the case with Moon - either at the games, when he enthusiastically reached up to shake Kim Yo Jong's hand, or at the lunch the next day.

It was an emotionally charged moment. Kim Jong-un is merely trying to use the South Korean government as a shield to protect him against intensifying worldwide pressure, and he thinks the most effective way to do that would be to hold an inter-Korean summit. North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and blew up a South Korean commercial airliner the year before. He also urged North Korea to engage in talks with the United States.

The joint Korean hockey team lost 8-0 to Switzerland in its historic debut match on Saturday night.

Another show of unity was when two members of the Unified Korean Hockey Team, one from the north and one from the south, carried the Olympic torch up the final flight of stairs in the opening ceremonies. No peace gesture offered by the North would be genuine unless it includes a pledge to scrap its nuclear weapons. A Moon-Kim summit would mark the first time leaders of two countries have met in 11 years.

The presence of Kim Yo Jong as part of the delegation to the Olympics led to speculation that she might have been sent because, as a close relative of the North Korean leader, she would be in a position to deliver a personal message to Moon.

In general, the US and its allies were against the North Korean parade being held, calling it provocative.

"Without inter-Korean coordination, the United States would return to pressuring North Korea".

It has been more than 70 years since the Korean War, but some South Koreans believe they have remained the regime's main target.



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