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US Should Be Proud of How Far South Korea Has Come

09 February 2018

Kim Jong-un, dressed in a long black winter coat, was shown walking on a red carpet with his wife at the beginning of the event, which North Korea's state-run television broadcast hours after it was over.

Experts said by sending a youthful, photogenic person who will undoubtedly attract worldwide attention during the games, North Korea is trying to construct a fresher and warmer public image and defuse potential USA efforts to use the Olympics to highlight the North's brutal human rights record.

I remember the teary moments when the North and South Korean athletes entered the stadium together at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, bearing the big blue unified Korean flag.

Pence's personal guest at the games will be Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died a year ago days after his release from captivity in North Korea. All the devices featured basic serial labels rather than prominent labels, signaling they have been incorporated into the North Korean military and are not just for display.

"As allies, we will not allow the North Koreans to use the Olympics as a way to drive a wedge between us", a U.S. State Department spokeswoman, Katina Adams, said. A North Korean art troupe also performed in Gangneung on Thursday and will perform in Seoul on Sunday before heading back home.

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Moon will also hold a welcoming reception for his top guests before the opening, a presidential official said, where Pence and Kim Yong Nam could sit at the same table with Moon.

Pence will head the US government delegation visiting the Olympics' opening ceremony at Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The team's Canadian coach apparently gives instructions in English, and this is being translated into both the North and South versions of Korean.

"Mr Kim has shifted from the "military first" policies of his father's government to placing priority on the party", said Toshimitsu Shigemura, a professor at Tokyo's Waseda University and an authority on North Korea's ruling family.

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Several explanations for the decision are circulating in Seoul, and they are not just limited to a possible disagreement between the White House and the nominee regarding a limited US military strike against North Korea, the South Korean official said. Moon and Pence were keen to play down their differences over North Korea's attendance.

On December 22, 2017, the UN Security Council unanimously voted in favor of a US-drafted resolution to introduce new sanctions against North Korea over its continued ballistic missile tests, as tensions on the Korean peninsula have been running high.

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US Should Be Proud of How Far South Korea Has Come