Thursday, 21 March, 2019

Scenes from the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics

Erick W. Rasco Erick W. Rasco
Patty Aguilar | 10 February, 2018, 03:12

The spectators included South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, and Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un.

President Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un stopped bragging about their respective nuclear buttons and crashed the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang - but, alas, it was all fake news.

It was attended by some 200 people, including more than two dozen global leaders, including Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and the presidents of Estonia and Germany.

"You will inspire us all to live together in peace and harmony despite all the differences we have", said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, before Moon declared the Games open.

As is Olympic tradition, Greece, which hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896, began the parade of athletes.

But the United States vice-president left the reception venue after five minutes, South Korea's Yonhap said.

Mr Nam is leading the North Korean delegation, which Ms Kim is technically just a member of.

Despite months of escalating tension over the North's nuclear and missile programs, North and South Korean athletes marched together during the opening ceremony.

IOC President Thomas Bach with Lee Hee-beom President and CEO of Pyeong Chang Organizing Committee
Erick W. Rasco IOC President Thomas Bach with Lee

Kim Yo Jong shook hands with Moon at the beginning of the ceremony.

A North Korean and South Korean from the countries' joint hockey team also participated in the ceremony, handing off to Kim.

The last member of the Kim family to set foot in Seoul was Yo Jong's grandfather Kim Il Sung, the North's founder, after his forces invaded in 1950 and the capital fell.

The vice president came to Pyeongchang to cheer on American athletes but also keen to warn against falling for the glossy image of the two Koreas who marched in the opening ceremony under one flag.

North Koreans will still not be getting the smartphones.

So those guys are clearly not Kim Jong Un and Trump. Abe said the agreement was made between two nations and that the Korean government must adhere to it in line with interntational principles even though South Korea's leadership has changed.

The sensational 15-year-old Alina Zagitova of Russia will take the spotlight in women's figure skating, where a showdown is expected with her fellow Russian teen, Evgenia Medvedeva. The other countries followed in alphabetical order according to the Korean alphabet.

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.

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