Is Pyeongchang in North Korea?


On Friday, the 2018 Winter Olympics will kick off in PyeongChang, South Korea.

"It was nice to skate with (the North Koreans)".

Lee Hee-beom added that all 193 UN member states, including North Korea, have supported the UN Olympic Truce Resolution for the Winter Games.

"There are no plans to meet with any North Korean officials during or after the Olympics; I want to be clear about that".

Ms Kim, believed to be about 30, was promoted in October to be an alternate member of the party's powerful politburo. She is a propaganda official and was blacklisted past year by the US Treasury Department over alleged human rights abuses and censorship.

If that's the case, it may already be paying off for Kim Jong Un.

Despite the fact that the North Korean Winter Olympic delegation will officially be led by Kim Yong Nam, Kim Jong Un's sister will most likely be the focus of intense attention during the North Korean visit.

Tensions between the USA and North Korea have flared for months over repeated tests of intercontinental ballistic missiles by North Korea, as well as the country's nuclear weapons program, which experts believe includes weapons that will soon be advanced enough to reach the continental United States.

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But sceptics think the North is trying to use the Olympics to weaken US-led sanctions and pressure against the country and buy more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles programme.

And with the two Korea's technically still at war, it's a delicate balancing act.

He is also bringing as his personal guest Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American who died past year days after his release from captivity in North Korea.

Today, the White House announced that Vice President Mike Pence would be attending the Olympics to represent the USA and "to promote the White House's "maximum pressure" policy on North Korea, encouraging allies to maintain hardline positions, and emphasize North Korea's autocracy and brutality as Pyongyang pursues positive media coverage".

On Jan. 9, North Korea agreed to send athletes to the Winter Olympics.

North Korea's Winter Olympics delegation were swamped by media as they attended their welcome ceremony at the Athletes' Village in Gangneung on Thursday.

North Korea's delegation to the Olympics in South Korea will include athletes, a cheering squad, a performance-art troupe, observers, a taekwondo demonstration team and journalists, according to a statement from South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung.

Some diplomatic experts see North Korea's moves as being aimed at paving the way for an easing of the worldwide sanctions against it by improving ties with South Korea.


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