February 22, 2018

Memorable moments at PyeongChang 2018 opening ceremonies

12 February 2018, 02:16 | Marlene Myers

GETTYThe two pranksters caused a stir inside the stadium during the opening ceremony

Kim Trump Winter Olympics

North Korea has invited South Korean President Moon Jae In to meet its leader Kim Jong Un in Pyongyang, which would mark the first major meeting between the two countries since 2007.

As the Olympics get underway in Pyeongchang, the motives behind the apparent thaw in relations between North and South Korea are not entirely clear, but any turn away from belligerence should be nurtured.

'Unlike the United States, we do not engage in dirty and messy acts to abuse sports events like the Olympics for political purposes, ' the newspaper said in an article attributed to an unnamed writer.

In dispatching the highest level of government officials the North has ever sent to the South, Kim Jong-un revealed a sense of urgency to break out of deep diplomatic isolation in the face of toughening sanctions over his nuclear program, analysts say. Pyongyang is also sure to want concessions from Washington, such as a delay in U.S. Pence told Moon the global community must not repeat the mistakes of the past by giving North Korea concessions in exchange for talking.

The 2018 Winter Olympics kicked-off in Pyeongchang, South Korea yesterday, and like any Olympics event, it began with a big, flashy opening ceremony.

It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders.

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The US administration has sought to maintain pressure on North Korea through sanctions and tough rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

Moon would like to bring both North Korea and the United States to the table. They said Pence could have opted to sit with the U.S. delegation and avoided the box that included the North Koreans.

South Korea said it will seek ways to continue engaging North Korea, including trying to arrange more reunions for families divided by the war and lowering military tensions. Pence's staff insists that the vice president would have met with the North Korean officials if the North Korean officials were interested in meeting. He is entertaining a North Korean offer to visit Pyongyang.

Kim Yo Jong is probably Kim's closest confidant and is a senior cadre in North Korea's ruling party.

The Games' systems, including the Internet and television services, were affected by the hack two days ago but organisers said it had not compromised any critical part of their operations.

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