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Unified Korea women's ice hockey team beaten by Switzerland at Winter Olympics

12 Febrero 2018, 03:08 | Gerardo Tarin

Antonio Guterres

Antonio Guterres

The shutdown started just before Friday's opening ceremony, where Moon twice shook the hand of Kim Yo Jong, the first member of North Korea's ruling dynasty to venture south since the 1950-53 Korean War. Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

Pence's announcement follows North Korea extending an invitation to South Korean President Moon Jae In to be the first-ever head of state to meet Kim Jong Un. The parties have also reiterated their desire to boost cooperation and dialogue between Pyongyang and Seoul.

Kim Yo Jong cuts a contrasting figure to her brother in North Korea's formal and tightly controlled state propaganda.

"The two Koreas may have the same ethnic background, but have gone totally separate ways for such a long time without barely any interaction, so there can be misunderstandings over trivial things", he told Reuters.

The two Korean nations marched together during the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday under a banner showing a united Korean peninsula, a banner that has been flown few times before.

North Korea's leader, Kim, once dismissed as an inexperienced figurehead, has quickly built a reputation as a ruthless dictator at home and a wily strategist in handling North Korea's external enemies.

Earlier on Saturday, Kim invited Moon for talks in Pyongyang, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

The charity said: "Daily Bible readings, prayers and actions help you to experience a little of what North Korean Christians endure every day".

"We have no intention to meet the USA side during our visit to South Korea", Jo said in a terse statement reported by state-run news agency KCNA.

It capped a whirlwind 24 hours that began with the opening ceremony and included a lunch at the presidential mansion between Moon and Kim Yo Jong, the powerful Kim sister who came bearing the blue folder.

Speaking to the Washington Post's Josh Rogin aboard Air Force Two on his flight home, Pence said the United States would participate in direct talks with North Korea's leadership without preconditions - something experts have long urged the administration to do.

The two are easily confused, but there is a world of difference between them: Pyongyang is the capital of nuclear-armed North Korea, while Pyeongchang is the South Korean region hosting the Winter Olympics.

So as pleasant as that lunch between North and South Korean leadership may have been, it won't mean much until diplomats from the USA settle in for some of the local delicacies.

Switzerland's Alina Muller nearly single-handedly spoiled Korea's Olympic unity moment on Saturday, scoring four goals to power the Swiss to an 8-0 win over Korea's unified women's ice hockey team. In a speech that Kim gave on New Year's Day, in which he first raised the possibility of the North participating in the Olympics, he vowed to "mass-produce" nuclear weapons and missiles.

Muller scored her fourth early in the second period. They also made plans to attend a concert together on Sunday, to see a North Korean orchestra perform in Seoul. "They have people hungry in North Korea". There were rumblings of discontent over having to drop players to add the North Koreans, and of being pawns in a game they did not want to play. Moon asked the delegation, before reporters were ushered from the room.



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