Here's How North Korea Will Keep Olympians From Defecting

Here's How North Korea Will Keep Olympians From Defecting

The pair were in fact impersonators who had made their way into the stands for the ceremony before swiftly being shown out by security staff.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang Saturday, Seoul said, even as the U.S. warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.

Members of the North Korean cheerleader squad sing and wave flags prior to the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Feb. 9, 2018. At Friday's opening ceremony, for example, Moon shook hands with Jong, as Pence, sitting merely feet away, looked stone faced, never acknowledging the North Korean delegation.

During rare talks with a high-ranking delegation from the North, Moon stopped short of directly accepting the invitation, saying the two sides should realize the summit by arranging the necessary conditions, according to the presidential office.

These two images gave some Opening Ceremony viewers from home the impression that the Olympic athletes marched, cheered and waved their flags to an empty stadium.

Reporters from North Korea check their equipment and the venue.

Despite the popular narrative of a "diplomatic" Olympics where South Korea and North Korea are putting aside differences to present a united face to the millions watching, protesters believe the warming between the two countries may advance Kim's nuclear ambitions.

But South Korea's presidential Blue House said Pence had a meeting scheduled with US athletes and had only planned to stay briefly to greet other officials.

Pence spent the days leading up to the Pyeongchang Olympics warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery" of the event with its "propaganda".

In 1951, 17-year-old Jack Keep enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and in early 1953 was assigned to Task Force 77 as a petty officer aboard a ship patrolling the North Korean coast.

Great Britain were well down the field in 19th place, bagging one gold, one silver and one bronze but it was still their most successful Winter Olympics ever.

But Pyongyang's nuclear programme will hang over any attempts to bring the countries closer together.

The parade featured intercontinental ballistic missiles, including what appeared to be the Hwasong-15 that's said to put the entire United States within range.

Moon has expressed hope the Olympics détente could lead to a broader dialogue with the United States.



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