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Winter Olympics: Five Olympic gold medals up for grabs

Winter Olympics: Five Olympic gold medals up for grabs”

The first medals of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, will be handed out on Saturday as the competition gets under way in earnest after Friday's opening ceremony.

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.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) shakes hands with Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North Korea's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs, as Kim Yo Jong (right), sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, watches before a meeting at the presidential house in Seoul, South Korea.

South and North Korea marched into Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium together, under a unified flag featuring the silhouette of the Korean peninsula on a white background.

The last member of the Kim family to set foot in Seoul was Ms.

Three years later the conflict ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two sides technically in a state of war. N. sanctions and to back the U.

Her presence overshadowed the nominal head of the delegation, Kim Yong Nam, the aging head of the North Korean Parliament.

It is not known if Kim Yo Jong will attend the women's hockey game on Saturday, but the team is playing Switzerland, where both she and leader Kim Jong Un went to school when they were children.

But all eyes are on Ms.

She said there are "party members", i.e athletes, "administrative members", who are the officials, and then, more troubling, "security members". Moon ran for (and won) his country's highest office on a platform of diplomacy with the North. Yo Jong may be carrying a personal message to Mr. Moon from her brother.

"We are investigating the cause and we will share more information". That has led some athletes to talk about skipping it for fear of hypothermia.

"These are the 'Fake Olympics", Harry Kazianis, director of defense studies at the Center for the National Interest, said of Moon's nickname for the games.

Eager to put a reality check on the thaw in relations between the Koreas in advance of the games, Pence met with North Korean defectors Friday and paid respects at the Cheonan Memorial in Pyeongtaek, which honors the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack blamed on the North.

The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.

But it could threaten to sow division between Moon, who has long argued for engagement with the nuclear-armed North to bring it to the negotiating table, and US President Donald Trump, who previous year traded personal insults and threats of war with Kim.

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

An global investigation concluded it had been torpedoed by a North Korean submarine, a charge Pyongyang denies.

Now she's a two-time world champion - and in her fourth Winter Games, Hamlin will lead the US team into the Olympic Park in Pyeongchang Friday night.



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