Pyeongchang or Pyongyang? Twitter users place Olympics in North Korea

February 10 10:17 2018

It was not immediately known what they said, but all of them were smiling.

Team USA athletes are seen during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

They walked together behind a unified Korean flag, carried by North Korean hockey player Hwang Chung Gum and South Korean bobsled competitor Won Yun-jong. In wide shots of the stadium, the lights created images like snowflakes and the flags of each country as the teams stepped out during the Parade of Nations.

Kim Yo Jong has also captured the media’s attention.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang “at an early date”, South Korean officials said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

Park said Saturday that the systems had been “normalized” without giving details.

The 140-strong troupe is scheduled to perform at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul on Sunday and return to the North across the western border by vehicle the next day.

The UN chief also extended his appreciation and pride to be at the Winter Olympics and highlighted the cooperation between UN and the International Olympic Committee (IOC), as well as the values for which the IOC and its sister organisation, the International Paralympic Committee, stand.

South Korea treated the ferry as an exception to maritime sanctions it imposed on the North so it could transport the artists to the South.

Moon sought to reassure U.S. Vice President Mike Pence that the allies remained in lockstep despite North Korea’s joint appearance at the Olympics.

A spokeswoman for the Games organisers said: ‘It was a Korean spectator and he was removed from the stadium as soon as he was taken off the stage.

“It is absolutely necessary for the North and the United States to engage in talks at an early date”, he cited Moon as saying. That display of unity comes after sustained overtures made by South Korea’s president Moon Jae-in.

Kim, who has been working for PyeongChang 2018 since its bid process, said she was told by the local organizers that she would be the cauldron lighter at the opening ceremony.

A member of security personnel stands by a logo of the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympic Winter Games in Seoul South Korea

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