Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

North Korean media print pictures of South's Moon

North Korean media print pictures of South's Moon

It drew worldwide attention for featuring players from both North and South Korea, who wore white jerseys with an image of a united Korean peninsula emblazoned in pale blue.

In addition to Moon and Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, the game was attended by Kim Yong Nam, North Korean titular head of state, and International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach.

Earlier on Friday, Pence said Moon gave his backing to additional measures the United States is planning to try to curb North Korea's missile and nuclear programs, speaking after paying tribute at a South Korean memorial.

Throughout the ceremony there were constant winks to peace, such as the theme "Imagine" by John Lennon, an ode to coexistence, sung by four well-known South Korean singers.

"We are a sad, divided nation and when it comes to solving this problem, there is no South or North Korea", said Jo Jung-rae, one of South Korea's most well-known novelists, in an interview last week.

The North, thanks to the active intervention of the Moon government, was allowed to send a ferry to transport an art troupe, which otherwise would have been banned under the UN-led sanctions.

However, the result mattered less than the political symbolism as around 200 of North Korea's famed "army of beauties" charmed a crowd of 3,600 besotted locals with nostalgic oldies - and even broke out a Mexican wave. In the Blue House, the two appeared to get on like a house on fire: Not only did Kim offer Moon the much anticipated letter from big bro, Moon has been invited to Pyongyang, to hold Inter-Korean Summit III with Kim III.

President Moon Jae-in met, lunched and summited with Kim Yo-jong, the rather coy and attractive younger sista of Kim Jong-un at the presidential residence.

Pence and Moon were expected to view men's short-track speedskating together prior to the women's event, as an American and a Korean were competing against each other, but Moon kept Pence waiting and missed the event entirely.

At 83, it would be understandable if Jack Keep and Lew Ewing didn't feel like braving a long-haul flight to the sub-zero temperatures of South Korea's Pyeongchang.

Pence's cold demeanor toward the North Koreans at the Pyeongchang games was overshadowed by friendly cooperation between the North and South.

Later in the day, Moon and Kim travelled the width of the peninsula, coming to Gangeung, the coastal city on the east coast, to watch the first game of the just-formed inter-Korean women's ice hockey team together.

He also insisted that Washington was on the same page with its allies, saying "there is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program".

Kim Yo-jong, who Moon's aides said was Kim Jong-un's special envoy, conveyed an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit Pyongyang at an early date.

Pence had not been trying to avoid the North Koreans at the Olympic opening ceremony but had been trying to ignore them, the senior administration official said, adding that the North Koreans weren't the reason Pence was there.

"Sending his sister with an invite for Moon to Pyongyang is well played by Kim Jong Un", said James Schoff, a Korea expert at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace in Washington.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is also in Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony.

North Korea's state media also sharply criticized Pence.

Analysts say the North's decision Kim Yo Jong to the Olympics shows an ambition to break out from diplomatic isolation and pressure by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the United States.

Diplomatic sources with deep knowledge of North Korea's activities told CNN that despite outwardly positive signs and indications of a "charm offensive" from Pyongyang, what's "unclear and bizarre" is there has not been any concurrent diplomatic movement from North Korea's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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