No Olympic truce for US, North Korea in Pyeongchang

Left Third Class Petty Officer Jack Keep on watch at sea aboard the USS Gatling off the coast of North Korea 1953. Right Corporal Lewis Ewing serving with the 6th Helicopter Company in Chuncheon South Korea 1953

Left Third Class Petty Officer Jack Keep on watch at sea aboard the USS Gatling off the coast of North Korea 1953. Right Corporal Lewis Ewing serving with the 6th Helicopter Company in Chuncheon South Korea 1953

The DPRK leader's sister and special envoy, Kim Yo Jong, and the DPRK's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, sat with ROK President Moon Jae-in at a concert in Seoul by the Samjiyon Orchestra from Pyongyang, February 11, 2018. Kim's message was delivered Saturday by his younger sister, Yo-jong, who arrived in South Korea the previous day, as part of a government delegation headed by the North's titular head of state Kim Yong-nam.

North Korea has sent some of the highest level officials ever to the south for these games, the result of diplomacy by Seoul that led to an agreement between the two countries - still formally at war - to participate together in the Winter Games.

President Donald Trump's administration has taken a hard line on North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program, saying there is no room for negotiations unless Pyongyang abandons it.

Meanwhile, the DPRK media also lashed out at U.S. Vice President Mike Pence for his "anti-DPRK activities" when he was attending the opening ceremony, which Pyongyang said were aimed at disturbing the Olympics. But it clearly meant something to the tens of thousands attending the opening ceremonies Friday as they watched athletes from North and South Korea walk together into the arena under a single Korean flag.

"If you meet Chairman Kim Jong Un and exchange views on many issues, the North-South relationship may quickly improve as if yesterday would seem a far distant past", she told the South Korean leader, according to a Cheong Wa Dae official.

A Blue House official said Moon "practically accepted" the invitation.


The visit is part of an agreement between the International Olympic Committee and both North Korea and South Korea, according to a source.

Dozens of protesters demonstrated outside the concert venue, with waving banners condemning Moon and Kim Jong-un.

On the other hand, however, North Korea's goal could be to drive a wedge between the USA and South Korea.

Taekwondo athletes from North and South Korea produced a stunning demonstration in Gangwon as sporting diplomacy took center stage alongside kicking, screaming and flying planks of wood on Saturday.

An editorial in the Yomiuri Newspaper read: "What can not be overlooked is that Moon did not directly demand North Korea to abandon its nuclear development". "That's the team he's going to be cheering for all Olympics".

While it's unclear whether the displays of unity will reduce tensions between the two, with North Korea testing several missiles and making world headlines for its provocative acts in the past few months, we can still dream.

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