North Korea's over-the-top cheerleaders cause a stir in Pyeongchang

Members of North Korea's military taking part in a parade in Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang

Choi Bok-mu, a fitness club manager at the Olympics athletes village in Gangneung, said he had not experienced any problems communicating with North Korean athletes, despite them speaking in a markedly different accent.

Vice President Mike Pence did not deliberately snub North Koreans at an Olympic reception, according to U.S. officials who pushed back on South Korean reports that Pence deliberately came late to a VIP gathering Friday evening and then snubbed officials from Pyongyang.

There are 23 South Koreans and 12 North Koreans on the expanded entry. He'd been dispatched from Washington for the Olympics in part, he said, to make sure the world didn't forget that North Korea was a misbehaving and unsafe neighbor in the community of nations. She is in the South attending the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics as her brother's special envoy. "That shows it's all a political stunt, and I feel bad for the South Korean players". "And he is encouraging both sides to come together". This was not supposed to be, as some in Seoul grumble, the "Pyongyang Games", a play on the North Korean capital's phonetic similarity to Pyeongchang.

A White House official described the South Korean president as hopeful that there would be "some talks and socializing" between Pence and the North Koreans over the course of the weekend.

The South Korean president approached the place where the North Korean delegation was and shook hands with North Korea leader's sister Kim Yo Jong, the first member of the communist dynasty that governs North Korea to travel to South Korea.

Katie Hollimon also didn't hesitate to book her trip from Minnesota, but she did debate with herself whether she should wear American-themed clothes as she dressed Friday for the opening ceremony. But as the loss deepened - Korea finally lost to Switzerland 8-0 - it was hard to find a silver lining.

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He said the Congress president should go to Mukherjee and "get lessons on national security". On Thursday, Jaitley had said then defence ministers Pranab Mukherjee and A.K.

According to the South Koran officials, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence also attended the reception. Kim Jong Un and Kim Yo Jong have the same mother, Ko Yong Hui.

"Kim Yo Jong's power exists because of proximity to the leader himself".

Mind you, NBC's rendition of the ceremony as a whole, which ditched much of the speechifying by Olympic and South Korean leaders and trimmed other elements, took only 15 minutes longer than the actual running time of two hours, 15 minutes.

A Blue House official said Moon "practically accepted" the invitation.

"When my neighbors panic, I'll panic", she said.

Mr Moon is eager to use Kim Yo Jong's presence at the games to restore regular communication with North Korea and eventually pull it into nuclear talks.

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Kim Yo Jong's profile has been steadily rising since 2014, when she was made deputy director of the Propaganda and Agitation Department of the Workers' Party.

"The Koreans will think it's a mood kill", said Frank Jannuzi, an expert on East Asia at the Mansfield Foundation in Washington.

"Kim Yo Jong is the flawless counterpart to this", Hwang said.

The flag-bearer is chosen by a vote of the eight US winter sports federations but the result was tied at 4-4 between Hamlin and Davis and a coin was used to break the tie, in keeping with United States Olympic Committee (USOC) rules. The media certainly noticed them but it is unclear if Kim Jong-un's sister saw them. "Because when we came home from Korea, nobody knew where we were, or cared". They may also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul on Sunday before flying back to Pyongyang.

"I felt a little odd to see North Koreans so close", he said.

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