Joint Korean Women's Hockey Team Competes for First Time in Olympic History

Korean Women's Hockey Team Presents A Unified Front As It Takes To The Ice

Korean Women's Hockey Team Presents A Unified Front As It Takes To The Ice

The trip by Kim Yo Jong is the latest move in an extraordinary show of Olympic diplomacy with Seoul that could prove to be a major challenge to the Trump administration's hard-line Korea policies.

"Good job", Bach and President Moon said to the players, shaking hands one by one with all of them. They smiled broadly, though it was not immediately known what they said.

In his address to the U.N. General Assembly in NY in September, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe already pointed out that talking with North Korea wastes time.

It did not mention Kim Yo Jong, the young but influential sister of the North's leader Kim Jong Un, who is also part of Pyongyang's delegation and has been the focus of widespread attention. She placed the folder on the table in front of her before the meeting started. As a sign of her status, the elder Kim Yong Nam offered her the seat of honor at the airport meeting, but she politely declined.

But Murray wouldn't rule out a possible surprise in the coming days.

The North's Olympic "detente" is a striking shift in tactics.

Since the Korean War ended in a truce in 1953, the two sides have grown culturally and linguistically apart, deepening the political gulf that had initially separated the poor, one-party state in the north from the rich, democratic south. But she has generally remained safely cloaked in her brother's shadow.

Yesterday, Kim's sister was photographed at the Winter Olympics sitting just rows behind US Vice President Mike Pence.

Athletes from South Korea and the DPRK also marched together under a unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics on Friday night, marking the first walking together in 11 years of the two countries' athletes under the same flag at the opening ceremony of an global sports event.

It was an emotionally charged moment.

The 23 South Koreans were joined by 12 North Koreans on January 25, five days after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) approved an inter-Korean agreement on the joint team.

"Ultimately, North Korea's objective is to normalize its status as a nuclear power so that it can push for sanctions relief without giving up its weapons", said Troy Stangarone, a senior director at the Korea Economic Institute in Washington. Al Jazeera reported Saturday that the North Korean delegation, now attending the 2018 Winter Olympics being hosted by their southern neighbor, delivered the invitation letter to Moon "at a landmark high-level meeting at the presidential palace in Seoul".

When Kim Jong-il held the first inter-Korean summit in 2000, he used the title of chairman of the National Defense Commission.

Moon was invited to a summit with Kim, even as the USA warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive. She added that her players tried their best to feed off the fans' energy.

Moon and Kim Yong-nam are scheduled to watch the inter-Korean women's ice hockey team's match against Switzerland later this evening. They have also agreed to send a combined women's hockey team.

Security for anything involving the North Koreans has been exceptionally tight.

They met the unified Korea team and took group pictures with the players on the rink after the game.

So far, police have kept the two at a safe distance.

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