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Pyeongchang or Pyongyang? Twitter users place Olympics in North Korea

11 February 2018

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in waved and smiled, as did IOC President Thomas Bach, as the Korea athletes marched together with two flag-bearers together.

In North Korea's dynastic system, which upholds the Kim family's "bloodline" as a sacred leadership qualification, Kim Yo Jong wields a singular clout that can not be matched by any non-relative members of the elite, according to North Korea analysts. "Let's not whitewash North Korea's record", Pence press secretary Alyssa Farah tweeted. During the games, they're also accompanied by government minders tasked with security, supervision and translation duties who report suspicious activities back to Pyongyang, Young said.

The spokesman said Mr Moon also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

Pence told reporters that the two leaders "spoke as friends" during his visit to South Korea, and their discussions including the meeting between Moon and the North Korean delegation, led by Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong.

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His office said he did not interact with the North Koreans.

23rd Olympic Winter Games, Pence, who is leading the USA delegation there, made clear that the US was not ruling out military options as tensions continued to roil the Korean Peninsula.

Kim Yo Jong is the sister of North Korean ruler Kim Jong Un and is a key advisor to her brother.

During the 2000s, the two countries' athletes marched together at the opening and closing ceremonies of several global sporting events, including the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

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It will be their first appearance at a match during the Olympics since they arrived in South Korea on Wednesday, constituting their formal debut at the Games.

In Washington, China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi, who was visiting the USA, told Mr Trump that China hoped it and the U.S. could increase their coordination on the North Korea issue, China's Foreign Ministry said yesterday. US Vice President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same VIP booth, looked stony faced as the extraordinary scenes unfolded.

While a summit in Pyongyang would signal warming ties on the peninsula, it also risks driving a wedge in the alliance between the US and South Korea.

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The two nations remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a cease-fire. A Moon-Kim summit would mark the first time leaders of two countries have met in 11 years.

Pyeongchang or Pyongyang? Twitter users place Olympics in North Korea