Published: Sun, February 11, 2018

Could a North Korean athlete defect to South Korea during the Olympics?

Could a North Korean athlete defect to South Korea during the Olympics?

The meeting led to a series of reunions of families separated by the 1950-53 Korean War, as well as the launch of a joint factory park in the North's border town of Kaesong in 2004.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has extended a rare invitation to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang. In January 1968, Kim Yo Jong's grandfather, founding North Korean president Kim Il Sung, sent a squad of North Korean commandos to Seoul who tried unsuccessfully to kill then-president Park Chung-hee. "An early resumption of dialogue between the U.S. and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship", he said, according to his spokesman.

The Vice President snubbed Jong Un's sister and refused to stand for the Unified Korea Olympic team.

"Because I am an athlete I can not really answer that question", Jong said.

After all the politics, Pyeongchang may soon be able to return its focus to - what is everyone here for again? - the sports.

'This is not political for me, ' he said.

Moon joined Pence at Pyeongchang's ice rink where they viewed the women's short-track speedskating together, and exchanged pleasantries and an embrace.

"There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missile program", Pence told reporters during a flight to the United States following his visit to South Korea, where the Olympic games are being held. "I think the effect will only be temporary".


Hundreds of Twitter users in recent days have referred to "Pyongyang2018", and while some were making a dig at the presence of North Korea at the Games, in many cases it appears to have been a simple mix-up.

A firework display during the opening ceremony.

"Outlining the commonalities between sport and diplomacy - both about peace and bringing people together - Mr Lajčák highlighted that the Olympic torch is "probably the best symbol in our times in our world."[It] is a symbol of peace, a symbol of youth, a symbol of sport, communication, a symbol of tradition, a symbol of hope." he said. They were also served North Korean-style fermented fish and white "kimchi" or fermented cabbage.

The merged team had to overcome some language barriers.

North Korean athletes "are not really participating in the Olympics", said the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who died past year after his release from imprisonment in North Korea.

Whether it was linguistic or other problems, in the end the team was simply outmatched by Switzerland. On a mini-breakaway, Benz was left untouched as she charged down the right side, and her centering pass found Muller all alone in the slot for another goal.

"Just getting that far was an fantastic thing and I think it's too bad that there is that much disappointment around not getting it but I had no part in it". It is Kwangwoon University, not Kwangwon.

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