Published: Sun, February 18, 2018
World | By Paul Elliott

Pence: US policy of pressuring N.Korea unchanged

Pence: US policy of pressuring N.Korea unchanged

The disc came to prominence on Wednesday when forward Randi Heesoo Griffin, an American of Korean heritage, took a pass off the boards, fought her way up the right wing and forced the puck on the Japanese net in the team's final preliminary round game.

Also in January, South Korean president Moon Jae-in declared the Japan-South Korea agreement on the Comfort Women problem was a "farce" and announced his intention to demand Japan to pay JPY1 billion as compensation.

Unified Korea's Randi Griffin, left, celebrates with Kim Heewon after Griffin scored a goal in the women's game against Japan on February 14, 2018.

This isn't the first time Seoul has covered the North's costs either - South Korea also paid the expenses of more than 600 North Koreans who visited the South during the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.

Still, "It's good that we scored a goal in the Olympics".

The cheerleaders have been a fixture at games played by the unified Korean women's ice hockey team, which featured several players from the North. This appears to have scared Seoul's USA and Japanese patrons. In 2016, he resettled in the US state of Virginia.

Many people in both Koreas harbour mutual resentment toward Japan for colonizing their peninsula for 35 years until its defeat in the Second World War.

But Admiral Harris seemed fine echoing this view, despite North Korea being very public about deterrence being a top priority, and despite North Korea's recent diplomatic overtures making no sense at all if Kim's exclusive goal is to conquer South Korea.

This narrative is very important to them because it justifies years of the U.S. spurning opportunities to talk with North Korea, and is meant to steer the audience toward the conclusion that preemptive war is the only option.

Griffin shrugged her goal off as nearly accidental.

Moon's aim is simple: direct negotiations with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Griffin, 29, who began playing hockey in Raleigh at 10 and skated for Harvard University, said after the loss to Sweden that the unified team needed to play a simpler, disciplined game.

Most of the North Koreans stayed at luxury hotels in Seoul and near the Olympic venue almost throughout their visit, including the five-star Grand Walkerhill in western Seoul that has previously hosted celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Michael Jackson. The two Koreas marched together in the opening ceremony and will repeat the act in the closing ceremony on February 25.

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