Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Unified Korean ice hockey team roll over for Swiss

Unified Korean ice hockey team roll over for Swiss

She's not what we expected: not stiff, but smiling.

Kim Yong Nam, the North's nominal head of state who was also at Saturday's meeting, said "even unexpected difficulties and ordeals could be surely overcome and the future of reunification brought earlier when having a firm will and taking courage and determination to usher in a new heyday of inter-Korean relations".

Kim has captivated media attention and fascinated the public since her arrival on Friday.

Inside, it had seven more pictures of their meetings with Moon and the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang - four of them featuring the South Korean leader, who was described as president.

With the eyes of the world upon her, she knew she had to be flawless.

The women arrived in South Korea in charter buses on Wednesday.

The vice president was supposed to sit across from the North Korean head of state at the dinner, but reportedly showed up late and was not able to be seated.

The vice president's visit was also marked by bad blood between Pence and some USA athletes. A Blue House official initially said the president had accepted Kim's offer, but that was later denied by chief spokesman Yoon Young-chan.

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An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang. But rather than presenting herself as a stiff party operative, she has looked engaged and interested during multiple outings in Seoul, Pyeongchang and Gangneung.

Although inter-Korean talks are occurring on the sidelines of the Olympics, Pence is confident that Seoul and Tokyo "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions", the official said. The games are taking place amid an global standoff over North Korea's nuclear weapons. "It's one of the largest stages you can possibly have to get a message out there", Ross Rustici, senior director for intelligence Boston-based Cybereason told the Tribune News Service. She says that some of her toenails fell out as she fled to the South Korean consulate. They also made plans to attend a concert together on Sunday, to see a North Korean orchestra perform in Seoul.

Kim on Saturday invited President Moon to a summit in the North, an offer extended by his sister and special envoy Kim Yo Jong, who made history as the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the South since the Korean War. After the game, the entire group walked around to the Koreans' bench to greet them and pose for photos.

In Pyeongchang, though, the two Koreas avoided talk of sanctions and basked instead in Olympic goodwill, which was nowhere more evident than on Saturday night when a joint Korean women's ice hockey team took to the ice. She's the first family member of the Kim dynasty to set foot in the south.

Japan does not participate in the military exercises, but it is within reach of North Korean missiles and relies heavily on USA forces and their readiness to deal with that threat.

"We have to put this in context in the spirit of the Olympics and why we're here".

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