Olympic director hopes to captures spirit of the Games

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong a sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the opening ceremony of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games in the city located some 180 kilometers east of Seoul on Feb. 9

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong a sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un at the opening ceremony of the Pyeong Chang Winter Olympic Games in the city located some 180 kilometers east of Seoul on Feb. 9

Impersonators of US President Donald Trump and North Korea leader Kim Jong-un showed up, and apparently were thrown out.

The aide noted that Pence "and our team were aware she'd be in attendance".

North Korea is sending Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong to the Winter Olympics in South Korea. "The VP sat with Moon and Abe in the box after days of meetings with both leaders".

If you didn't know better, you'd think that photo was of a bunch of friends just having a good time watching the Olympics together, instead of top officials from countries who have been engaged in a year-long war of words.

Unlike the powerhouse status in summer Olympics that was demonstrated by topping the gold medal table at Beijing 2008, China had not won a Winter Olympics title until the Salt Lake City Games in 2002. The ceremonies took place as the world looks for clues about the peninsula's future while North Korea continues its nuclear and missile activities.

Almost 500 North Koreans are participating in the Olympics, which run through to February 25, including a cheering squad, art troupe and taekwondo demonstration team, the South's Unification Ministry said. They spoke of strengthening the military alliance between their countries to answer threats by North Korea.


Kim Yong Nam, who is officially leading Pyongyang's diplomatic delegation to the Games, met Moon at a leaders' reception ahead of the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang.

Before the ceremony, South Korean officials released a statement from President Moon Jae-in. In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes, musicians and performers to the Olympics.

Kim Jong Un has gone out of his way to make sure the North will hold attention throughout the games.

The IOC in December banned Russian Federation from the Games over doping in the country that included massive manipulation of doping samples at the Sochi Olympics and more than 1,000 athletes across several sports.

Kim is also dispatching his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, to attend the opening ceremony.

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