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Kim Jong Un's sister met with South Korea's president

12 February 2018, 03:57 | Devin Moran

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Pence and the North Korean delegation sat near each other at the ceremony but did not acknowledge or speak to each other. They stood from their seats and, smiling, shook each other by the hand.

The show by Pyongyang's Samjiyon Orchestra featured a surprise appearance by Seohyun, of top South Korean K-pop girl band Girls Generation.

South Korea has reportedly dubbed the 2018 Olympics as the "Peace Games".

"As a former athlete, it was such an honor for me to serve as the last torchbearer and the cauldron lighter for this Olympics", Kim said at a press conference in PyeongChang. Interest came in waves that seemed to track with their back-and-forth rhetoric, she said: People would call to inquire, then the leaders would clash and things would go quiet for a while. "I hope that the day we become one will be brought forward".

Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the concert venue, with waving banners condemning Moon and Kim Jong-un.

"We feel like one team".

North Korea did prove it was capable of a charm offensive, a stark contrast from the past year when Kim Jong Un and President Trump have traded insults and dire threats.

It marked the first time in eight and a half years that a ranking DPRK delegation visited South Korea's presidential complex.




On Friday, hours before the opening ceremony, Pence met with four North Korea defectors and visited the Cheonan Memorial, which honors the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack attributed to Pyongyang.

Pence spent the days leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery" of the event with its "propaganda".

Public interest in the show was huge, with almost 120,000 people applying for just 1,000 tickets.

Abe said it would be important to conduct the US-South Korea joint war games, codenamed Key Resolve and Foal Eagle, as scheduled, according to the Blue House official, Xinhua news agency reported.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon yesterday hosted the North Koreans for lunch before Moon's chief of staff, Im Jong-seok, hosted them for dinner ahead of the concert.

Guterres reiterated "his expectation and hope that all parties will use dialogue to achieve the peaceful denuclearization of the Korean peninsula", he added.

Made up of players from the pariah communist North and the Olympic-host South, the women of the "unified" team will be take their places in the record books when they step out on to the ice today.

Many older South Koreans on both sides of the political divide harbour a nostalgic longing for some form of reunification - conservatives through the North's collapse, liberals through a more amicable arrangement. "South Koreans are not fools, and neither are the American citizens".



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