PyeongChang organisers cyber-attacked during opening ceremony

PyeongChang organisers cyber-attacked during opening ceremony

PyeongChang organisers cyber-attacked during opening ceremony

Ahead of the reception, hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, South Korean media said Mr. Pence was expected to be seated opposite Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, at the 12-seat head table.

"We wanted to surprise everyone and bring world peace and then we're being escorted out by security guards, which I think is really unfair", he said.

The officials, who spoke on condition because they were not authorized to discuss the USA approach publicly, also denied that Pence had been blindsided by the seating arrangement - with the North Koreans in the row behind him, allowing Kim Yo Jong to be easily pictured in profile next to the vice president.

As night fell in Pyeongchang ahead of the opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics there was a throng of people on the streets, dancing bands, flag wavers and a demonstration against the presence of North Korea at the Games.

Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in worldwide sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs.

Another said: "Regardless of North Korea's participation, the Olympics should be a festival".

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It was a raucous and historic night mixing sports and politics on an global stage for a second straight night in this remote region of South Korea.

But the North was still welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called "Olympic games of peace" and the USA appeared to be the one left out in the cold.

The invasion came just after the two Koreas had marched into the stadium behind the blue-and-white unification flag, possibly indicating the stunt was politically motivated.

Despite the ban 168 "Olympic Athletes from Russia" will compete in Pyeongchang.

The official added that Pence and North Korea's delegation were mutually avoiding interaction and that efforts by South Korea to arrange a meeting between them had been rejected by both sides.

In the meantime, the Foreign Ministry summoned South Korea's ambassador to Tehran Kim Seung-Ho, asking explanation about the issue.

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"The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearization", he said before the North's invitation to Moon was announced.

The shadow of a nuclear war may still hang over the Winter Olympics in South Korea this week, but Pyongyang's decision to send its athletes rather than sappers and saboteurs has calmed fears about a violent disruption.

Men's snowboarding (slopestyle gold medal final): Ryan Stassel, who finished 14th at the last Winter Olympics, headlines a Team USA snowboarding crew that enters Pyeongchang as heavy favorites, though the other slopestyle men's snowboarders are first-time Olympians.

Many speculate Yo-jong may be carrying a message from the North Korean leader himself.

Dr Kim Jiyoon studies trends for Seoul's Asan Institute and explained: "Almost 30% of the elderly group still say the North Korea is one of us, so they still share some nostalgic feelings towards North Korea from before Korea was divided".

Moon has invited Kim and other senior North Korean officials to a luncheon at Seoul's presidential palace on Saturday.

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