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Winter Olympics kicks off with historic handshake

11 February 2018, 03:00 | Anna Jefferson

Winter Olympics kicks off with historic handshake

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No matter the final score.

The IOC has been working to arrange North Korea's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics, the first Winter Games in South Korea. "I think you people are surprised".

The dignitaries walked to the Korean bench, taking turns talking to players still standing on the ice.

North and South Korea marched under one flag (that's kinda a huge deal, ) Veep Mike Pence was there and there was also a K-Pop medley.

The team was created by adding 12 DPRK players to the existing South Korea's squad of 23 players.

It might seem more than a little self-congratulatory to say Team Canada just so happened to be sporting the most fashionable and comfortable ensembles at the opening ceremony, but with coordinated and bold red, white and black hoodies, jackets and lumberjack flannels, what more can one say? And like the ceremony, North and South leaders spent long moments in close proximity. They stressed the North Koreans in the VIP box had watched Pence, Moon and Abe hold a running discussion in the front row for the more than two-hour ceremonies.

Another said: "Regardless of North Korea's participation, the Olympics should be a festival".

Its agents blew up a South Korean airliner ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in an attempt to dissuade visitors; then it boycotted its rival's Olympic debut on the world stage.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 8, 2017. "Obviously the time frame is very tough". Nobody likes losing, especially me.

The two impersonators said they got along well together.




Let the Games begin!

She smiled brightly as she was greeted by South Korean officials led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon at a meeting room at Incheon International Airport. "But we'll make up for that weak point for the next game".

But North Korea has a habit of not letting itself be ignored when it comes to its southern rival.

This year's delegation of athletes competing for Israel in the 2018 Olympic Winter Games includes sabras, as well as competitors who.

They talked of peace, every one of them, these officials of Olympics and nations. It was the rivals' first joint Olympic march since 2007. The stadium erupted in cheers for the symbolic show of unity.

The North has sent 22 athletes and hundreds of cheerleaders, performers and taekwondo demonstrators to PyeongChang. Twelve female hockey players joined the 23-person South Korean team.

Earlier this week, Pence did not rule out meeting with North Korea during the games.

The Koreas often use sports to find a breakthrough in their strained relations. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

Kim Yo Jong shook hands with Moon at the beginning of the ceremony.

The North also faces ever-tightening worldwide sanctions after it conducted a fresh nuclear test previous year and a series of missile tests. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul's ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.



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