‘Trump’ and ‘Un’ thrown out of Olympic Games ceremony


Missiles and smiles from North Korea on eve of Olympic Games

Pence spoke after paying tribute at a memorial for 46 South Korean sailors killed in the sinking of a warship in 2010 that Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.

The show of unity was not lost on International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach, who said North and South Korea had set a “great example” for sending “a powerful message of peace”. Other Twitter users commented about the idea of Pepsi sponsoring the entire opening ceremony. “I like the reconciliatory mood and I have high expectations”, said Kim Sang-yoon, a 44-year-old businessman who drove almost five hours to see the opening ceremony with his wife and two sons.

Fireworks lit up the sky over the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium, where North Korea’s all-female cheering squad were among the crowd, as the gala event started.

The pair will have lunch with Moon on Saturday, Moon’s office said.

The North Korean artists performed Thursday in Gangneung, a coastal city that will host the skating, hockey and curling events during the games, and are to perform again in Seoul.

Police were investigating the incident, but they said no arrests had been made.

Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in global sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs.

In highly unusual scenes, hawkish US Vice President Mike Pence sat directly in front of the North Korean delegation.

Pence said his team had not requested a meeting, but that if it did happen, he would continue his message that North Korea must entirely abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile efforts and will remain under pressure until it does so.

Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong, both of them in dark coats with fur collars, were met at the airport by the South’s unification minister and other officials, exchanging pleasantries about the cold weather.

Pence’s absence undid some careful organising, according to a seating diagram provided by a South Korean government source and protocol experts.

Skeptics say North Korea is using the Olympics to poke holes in the US -led worldwide sanctions against the country and buy more time to further advance its strategic weaponry.

“First glance it looks like a Pepsi commercial”, one person tweeted alongside a screenshot of a moment from the ceremony in which hundreds of people formed the blue and red center of the South Korean flag.

Kim Yong Nam on Friday took a picture with Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook before entering the reception room. North Korean TV only aired delayed footage when it usually broadcasts it live, perhaps an attempt to keep the parade low key. But Pyongyang’s decision to send a high-level delegation, including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, to the Olympics has raised hopes in the South for rapprochement.

In the afternoon, Pence told reporters that he briefed Moon on planned USA sanctions on North Korea and had received the South Korean leader’s backing.

“President Moon and President Trump are completely aligned in their objective for a nuclear free Korean Peninsula”, Pence said.

Its aim: to tell the epic story of Korea – not North, not South, but the entire land.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has declared the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open during a ceremony Friday that featured the rival Koreas joining hands and marching together.

Also, the photos of certain divided families from North and South Korea who were given an opportunity in the past years to meet each other will never be omitted from the memory of history.

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