Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

No Olympic truce for US, North Korea in Pyeongchang

No Olympic truce for US, North Korea in Pyeongchang

"Honestly, I didn't know I would come here so suddenly". Both Reunification Rainbow and We are One sing about uniting Korea from Mt. Baekdu (the northernmost mountain in North Korea) to Mt. Hanna/Halla (the southernmost mountain in South Korea).

Pence and the North Korean delegation sat near each other at the ceremony but did not acknowledge or speak to each other. Pence was also at the dinner and reportedly refused to shake the elderly North Korean's hand. It was built in the 1960s under the government of late anti-communist dictator Park Chung-hee as a luxury facility for USA troops stationed in South Korea.

During his meeting with the four defectors, including some who had been tortured and abused by the North, Pence warned that the world would see "a charm offensive by North Korea" Friday.

Two members of the joint Korean hockey team carried the Olympic Torch up a steep flight of stairs, and spectators gasped in unison when they realized the torch would be given to 2010 Olympic figure skating champion Yuna Kim to light the flame.

The final was 8-0, though it hardly mattered.

"Yesterday's display was all one more part of an ongoing provocation", Pence says.

President Moon hosted Kim at the presidential mansion for lunch on Saturday - a session in which Kim extended an invitation for Moon to visit North Korea later this year.

Even on a brutally cold February evening, there were moments aplenty to warm the heart during a Winter Olympics opening ceremony which had peace as its central theme. She also delivered a letter inviting Moon to a summit with her brother in Pyongyang, and asked him to play a "leading role" in reuniting the two Koreas after almost seven decades.

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All sides, not just the two Koreas, needed to work hard and dialogue between the United States and North Korea should be expanded for this to happen, Wang said.

Top North Korean delegates have already arrived in South Korea, including ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam as well as the first member of the ruling family to visit the South, Kim Jong-un's sister and chief propagandist, Kim Yo-jong. The U.S. -led worldwide community has been tightening the screws on North Korea with sanctions created to punish its economy and rein in its efforts to expand its nuclear weapons and missile program, which now includes developmental long-range missiles targeting the U.S. mainland. "We wanted the North Koreans to see the vice president, Abe and Moon sitting directly in front of them for the opening ceremonies, and it would show that that alliance is strong", said a White House official traveling with.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said Friday that the Mangyongbong-92 will return to the North on Saturday.

The evening concluded as every Olympic ceremony does, with the lighting of the flame and a spectacular firework display - 20,000 fireworks were used during the ceremony.

"We thank you", he said. "She's the one who watches Kim Jong-un's back", Sorensen told TIME. The previous meetings came after rounds of global talks aimed at eliminating the North's nuclear program, which eventually failed. US officials have grown increasingly dire in their warnings about the North's march toward developing an operational nuclear-tipped ballistic missile capable of reaching the continental U.S.

The North Korean delegation also included the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, who was expected to attend a VIP reception before opening ceremony.

One of the North's ICBMs - the Hwasong-15 - was wheeled out along with a variety of other missiles, including a Hwasong-12 midrange missile, which the North flew over Japan twice previous year.

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