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'Trump' And 'Kim' Thrown Out Of Opening Ceremony

11 February 2018

The father of OH college student Otto Warmbier, who died shortly after being released from prison in North Korea previous year, has said the North is "not really participating" in the Winter Olympics. But the North was still welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called "Olympic games of peace" and the USA appeared to be the one left out in the cold.

"I leave here very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we've known have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions".

The Korean women's hockey team, the first in Olympic history to combine players from North and South, took the ice Saturday night for their debut game in front of a raucous, sellout crowd on another historic night mixing sports and politics on an worldwide stage.

The official said Pence and Moon did not discuss the North Koreans' invitation to Moon for a summit in Pyongyang, which would set the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in 10 years.

Analysts believe the Olympic diplomatic drive by the North - which put its ICBMs on show at a military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday - seeks to loosen the sanctions against it and undermine the alliance between Seoul and Washington. Analysts say that the missiles, which were successfully flight tested three times a year ago, could potentially reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and South Korean President Moon Jae-in are speaking while watching Olympic speedskaters compete, hours after Moon received a historic invitation to visit North Korea.

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

Some North Korean experts believe tough United Nations sanctions that are cutting off most of the isolated North's sources of revenue have added pressure on Pyongyang to engage further with Seoul.

It was the USA that appeared to be the one left in the cold, especially after the sister of the North Korean dictator extended an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit the North.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, making an unprecedented visit to South Korean soil, will now likely attend the same opening ceremony as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who's vowing toughest-ever sanctions on the North. Moon shared details with Pence of his meeting with North Korean leaders, but did not talk about the invitation to talks in Pyongyang.

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Vice President Mike Pence is cheering on USA speed skaters at the Winter Olympics, before departing South Korea for Washington on Saturday. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government. Even if he had met the North Korean officials, Pence would simply have reiterated his mantra that North Korea can not reap the benefits of being part of the community of nations while it threatens the world with its nuclear and missile aggression.

The meeting took place after Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates attended the Olympics' opening ceremony. He said, "Athletes from the two Koreas will work together for victory, and that will resonate with and be remembered in the hearts of people around the world as a sign of peace".

Before the ceremony, Pence went around a table and shook hands with each and every person seated there except Kim Jong-un's sister. This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the "Pyongyang Games", a play on the North Korean capital's phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang. But North Korea's record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind.

"We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang", the North Korean leader's younger sister, a close aide of the leadership, told Moon in a meeting on Saturday.

As First Vice-Director of the Central Committee of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party, Kim has been an increasingly prominent figure in North Korea's leadership and is considered one of the few people who has earned her brother's absolute trust.

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'Trump' And 'Kim' Thrown Out Of Opening Ceremony