In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

In small interactions before Olympics, Korean unity emerges

Olympic champion skeleton racer Aleksandr Tretyakov and female bronze medalist Elena Nikitina, as well Olympic cross-country skiing champion Alexander Legkov, are now also unable to compete in South Korea.

A high-ranking North Korean delegation including Mr Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, landed in South Korea earlier in the day aboard the leader's private jet.

Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korea's leader and a senior member of the Workers' Party, will be part of the delegation due to arrive on Friday.

The South Korean tech giant is a worldwide Olympic partner company.

Moon's push to use the South's Winter Olympics as a door to open dialogue with the North has drawn criticism from some who accuse Pyongyang of seeking to "hijack" the global spotlight on the Games.

Dressed in a black coat and hit with a barrage of camera flashes, Kim Yo Jong smiled as a group of South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, greeted her and the rest of the delegates at a meeting room at Incheon International Airport.

The announcement - following months of cajoling by Seoul - is seen as a bid to defuse tensions and seek a loosening of the sanctions against it.

After meeting with Moon, Pence said the USA and South Korea remained "completely aligned".

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Mr Pence had told Seoul in advance that he would be dining with United States athletes soon afterwards "so his seat was not prepared accordingly", the spokesman said.

"My daughter said she felt proud after seeing South and North Korea performing together".

Moon held a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Friday, during which they discussed the North Korea standoff and the sensitive issue of "comfort women", a euphemism for girls and women forced to work in Japan's wartime brothels. When the joint team played its first game against Sweden last Sunday, Hwang was one of four North Koreans in the lineup.

Tensions have been high on the peninsula since previous year when the North staged its sixth and most powerful nuclear test and test-fired multiple long-range missiles, some of them capable of reaching the USA mainland.

Conservative activists also accused Pyongyang of "hijacking" the Games and have held angry protests, burning images of Kim Jong Un or the North's national flag.

Samsung Electronics has provided some 4,000 units of the Galaxy Note 8 Olympic Edition to all athletes and International Olympic Committee officials visiting PyeongChang.

The 90-minute performance ended without an encore despite the audience's request, but a North Korean host of the event thanked spectators for the warm welcome.

Pence said Moon acknowledged the effectiveness of sanctions in bringing North Korea to inter-Korean talks.

The North Korean delegation's arrival came a day after Kim Jong Un presided over a massive military parade in Pyongyang that was highlighted by the country's developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles, which in three flight tests previous year showed potential ability to reach deep into the USA mainland when perfected.

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