Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

Kim Dynasty Has Finally Set Foot in South Korea

Kim Dynasty Has Finally Set Foot in South Korea

NBC will be providing live coverage from South Korea throughout the games, which kicked off Friday morning with the opening ceremony. "The selection of Kim Yo Jong, who carries the "Mt. Paektu bloodline, ' is surely symbolic", said Lee Su Seok, a North Korea analyst at South Korea's Institute for National Security Strategy".

Abe opted to make the visit, however, as he prioritizes Japan-South Korea cooperation over North Korean issues, informed sources said. Kim Yong-nam is the most senior North Korean official to visit the South.

With this week's announcement by North Korea that Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong would be visiting the Pyeongchang Olympics as part of the planned high-level delegation, analysts are calling the move an overt sign that the North is planning to use the occasion for propaganda purposes.

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The North's KCNA news agency, reporting on a military parade in Pyongyang the previous day, introduced armed forces minister Kim Jong Gak as vice marshal and director of the military's General Political Bureau - a post previously held by Hwang.

The athletes, clad in white-colored padding marked with "Korea", entered the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium waving the unified flag - its first official use in 11 years.

He allegedly left after just five minutes after realising North Korean delegates were in attendance.

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

"Regarding Iran, we can confirm that all participants will be able to keep the phones", the spokesperson said, adding, however, that the North Koreans would be requested not to take the devices home.

The last time South Korea hosted the multi-sporting extravaganza was at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul.

Before departing for Pyeongchang, Abe said co-operation between Japan, the US and South Korea on North Korea's nuclear threat remained strong.

"We are at a state of war and we are inviting the prostitutes of our enemy", one demonstrator at an anti-North Korean rally told AFP. North Korea's participation in the Games has overshadowed the almost 3,000 athletes vying for medals.

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