Joint Korean Ice Hockey Team to Face Sweden After Loss to Switzerland

Joint Korean Ice Hockey Team to Face Sweden After Loss to Switzerland

The phoenix in South Korean culture is also said to only appear during times of peace so its usage in the Opening Ceremony could be in line with the overall intent of the South Korean government to describe the Pyeongchang Games as a "Peace Olympics".

"This is the first time Mike Pence has been accused of being a snob", said an aide to the vice president, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the North Korean reports.

And Pence repeated that US policy remains that North Korea must give up its nuclear arsenal and stop trying to build ballistic missiles.

Russia, which has been banned from the Games for doping, said days before the opening ceremony that any allegations linking Russian hackers to attacks on the infrastructure connected to the Pyeongchang Olympic Games were unfounded. Moon's chief of staff held a farewell dinner for the delegation before the delegation attended a performance by a North Korean orchestra, the last item on their itinerary before heading home.

Fans roared every time a Korean got the puck on her stick, and Han Soojin almost put the team on the board with a shot from the left circle that hit the crossbar early in the first period.

That's the precondition for the U.S. talking with North Korea, and all the signals so far we've seen from Washington are very stubborn.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear programme was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

Kim Yo-jong, 30, is the first member of the North's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War.

It would be the first meeting of leaders of North and South Korea since 2007.


North Korea has made clear that it does not intend to negotiate away its nuclear and missile programs in return for relief from global sanctions. A spokesman for the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee said technical issues affected some of their "non-critical systems" for a few hours Friday night.

Later, Pence echoed the tough stance being taken by Donald Trump against Kim Jong Un's continued nuclear tests.

The offer puts Moon in a quandary, observers say - accept and he risks alienating key ally and protector Washington, decline and his lifelong hopes for engagement could wither.

Joseph DeTrani, former USA special envoy for nuclear talks with North Korea, said Moon should make it clear to Kim that he wants to discuss the nuclear and missile issues at the summit.

An analysis of photos of the meeting showed that the emblem was the official state symbol of North Korea.

The day before the opening ceremony, Kim Jong Un staged a massive military parade with trucks carrying missiles that could be capable of striking the U.S. mainland.

Later in the day, Moon and the North's delegation also jointly attended the opening match of the unified women's ice hockey team comprising athletes from the two Koreas.

International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach will visit North Korea after the Games as part of an agreement between the IOC and North and South Korea, a source within the Olympic movement told Reuters on Monday.

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