Winter Olympics underway after lively opening ceremony

Winter Olympics underway after lively opening ceremony

Winter Olympics underway after lively opening ceremony

The 23rd Winter Olympic Games are set to officially kick off with the opening ceremony at the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

While the appearance of the two faux politicians was in good jest, the opening ceremony was troubled by another, more worrying intruder who attempted to accost two performers.

Julian Zhi Jie Yee of Malaysia carries the national flag. "We thought it was important to make sure the truth is told", he said, "As these people and their lives testify, [North Korea] is a regime that imprisons, and tortures, and impoverishes its citizens". After two previous summer games roiled by political boycotts in Moscow and Los Angeles, the countries that had sat out those games all sent athletes to Seoul, making it the host of the largest number of participating nations during the Cold War era.

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Their participation in Pyeongchang, nonetheless, is certain to inspire a future generation of Malaysian winter sport athletes.

The athletes, clad in white-colored padding marked with "Korea", entered the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium waving the unified flag - its first official use in 11 years.

Skeptics say North Korea, which is unlikely to give up its nukes under any deal, is just using the Olympics to poke holes at the US -led global sanctions against the country and buy more time to further advance its strategic weaponry.

Earlier Friday, Pence went to even greater lengths to avoid Kim Yong-nam at a dinner put on by South Korean president Moon Jae-in. "We want to hold our own original flag".

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Kim has also been one of the most visible honorary ambassadors for PyeongChang 2018 after it won the bid.

In December, Guterres dispatched United Nations political chief Jeffrey Feltman to Pyongyang for talks, but the envoy came back with no commitment from North Korea to hold negotiations on the nuclear standoff.

But by doing so in South Korea - and in Gangwon Province, where North Korea is visible from the peaks of the ski slopes - the symbolism this time was particularly striking.

A DPRK taekwondo demonstration team has also come to demonstrate the traditional Korean martial art during the Winter Olympics.

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Meanwhile, nearly 170 Russian athletes have been cleared to compete, but since their country is banned, they will be flying a neutral Olympic flag.

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