Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Entertaiment | By Kelly Sanders

Pair of Korean War veterans return for winter Olympics


Among those sitting on their hands was Vice President Mike Pence, whose demeanor reflected the White House's frosty relations with South Korea over how to deal with the mercurial North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Other members of the North Korean delegation present at Saturday's meeting included Ri Son Gwon - who led the first sit-down talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this year, and Choe Hwi.

On the flight home from his Asian-Pacific trip flying somewhere over South Korea, Pence told reporters aboard Air Force Two that he appreciated Moon's transparency and perspective on North Korea, but reiterated that the us and South Korea will "continue to stand strong and to work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea".

The union of North Korea and South Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics is a major achievement, and the initiative was taken by none other than Kim Jong-un who had recently threatened to attack the United States with nuclear weapons.

Abe conveyed to Kim Yong Nam Japan's position on North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs and the issue of Japanese nationals abducted to the reclusive nation decades ago, the sources said, adding that the prime minister urged Pyongyang to resolve these issues. They were stopped and most were killed near the palace, which was newly rebuilt in 1991.

South Koreans still show continued appreciation to United States vets - and the two Virginians are grateful in return. Just a few days later, she is the face of North Korea at PyeongChang. Jo Yong Sam, department director general of North Korea's foreign ministry, said Thursday the country had never "begged the USA for dialogue" and wasn't about to start now.

During the meeting, Kim Yo Jong sought to encourage Moon to visit Pyongyang.

"The head coach that they brought, he has been incredible and without him we could not be doing what we are doing", Murray said.

A separate one-page cheat sheet provided by Inje Speedium to its staff points out that North Koreans don't use English words like shampoo and conditioner, which are used in the South.

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However, the result mattered less than the political symbolism as around 200 of North Korea's famed "army of beauties" charmed a crowd of 3,600 besotted locals with nostalgic oldies - and even broke out a Mexican wave.

"We hope that President (Moon) could leave a legacy that would last over generations by leading the way in opening a new era of unification", she said.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from United States aggression. Here, Murray and the South Korean players (in black) welcomed North Korea's coach Pak Chol-Ho and members of the northern team last month.

The Korea team, which featured three DPRK players (Kim Un Hyang, Jong Su Hyon and Hwang Chung Gum), nearly took an early lead when forward Han Soo-jin flicked a shot against the crossbar at the end of a breakaway move.

Sources told CNN that the sending of ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam and Kim's sibling Kim Yo Jong reads as more of a symbolic act than any concrete diplomatic initiative by North Korea.

Later on Saturday Mr Moon and Kim Yong-nam are due to attend an ice hockey match between North and South Korea - believed to be the first such contest of its kind.

"We don't want to speculate because we're still trying to find out what the root source is", said Nancy Park, a spokesperson for the Games organisers.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheering group after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the games.

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