The flag of the Republic of Korea is brought into the stadium during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games in South Korea on February 9, 2018.
This was Abe’s first contact with a senior official representing the current North Korean regime, led by Kim Jong Un. It was the rivals’ first joint Olympic march since 2007.
Kim and Guterres attended a dinner ahead of the opening of the Olympics.
The ceremony’s signature moment delivered another flash of unity and deft political stage-managing, too. The heavily militarized demarcation line that separates North and South Korea passes less than 100 kilometres from the opening-ceremony stadium. She actually lit the cauldron as the home crowd roared.
Moon’s office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt worldwide efforts to deal with North Korea’s nuclear program. Its participation in the event has been viewed as a sign of easing ties between the two Koreas.
“We are all touched by this wonderful gesture”.
“I’ve never seen an Olympics firsthand, so I’m looking forward to the opening ceremony because that’s always impressive”. Good, because the Winter Games are underway!
Shortly after North Korea invited the South Korean leader, Pence’s office issued a statement. She is the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, and believed to be his closest confidant.
North Korean cheerleaders greeted the athletes by waving a controversial version of the flag depicting disputed islands known as Dokdo in Korean and Takeshima in Japanese.
A White House official said Pence and the sister of North Korean leader did not interact despite being seated just feet apart during the Olympic opening ceremony.
It’s a dream come true’ Chris Kelly on 2018 Winter Olympics
The world may be watching, but Burton acknowledges that the focus is not always on the athletes. “But it will be quite a thrill it be able to attend the Olympics”. Normally dressed in blazing red, they paraded in wearing grey and white jackets and seemed – uncommonly for that delegation – quite sedate.
The Olympics may be in South Korea, but New Yorkers can still get into the Olympic spirit from midtown this weekend as the Empire State Building celebrates the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games with a lights show. The North Koreans, dressed in identical garb, cheered in careful coordination.
The North has sent almost 500 people to the PyeongChang Games.
Intel, which received heaps of attention for using their Shooting Star drones to put on a show at the 2017 Super Bowl as part of Lady Gaga’s halftime performance, had been working for several months on the Olympics performance.
Pyeongchang was not supposed to share the spotlight with Pyongyang.
There were also selfies between North and South Koeran athletes as they waited to walk into the heart of the stadium.
“At any moment, he could have gotten up and left and sat somewhere else, and then you would have had the image of North sitting in the box with South Korea and Japan”, the official added. There’s even speculation of a summit between Kim and Moon.
The vice president was asked about the possibility of U.S.
The reality, of course, remains far more complicated.