Olympics chief Thomas Bach set to visit North Korea

International Olympic Comittee President Thomas Bach says he "welcomed" an invitation to visit North Korea after the Winter Olympics.

The International Olympics Committee (IOC) on Monday announced that IOC President Thomas Bach would visit North Korea following the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. IOC spokesman Mark Adams said North Korea invited Bach during a meeting between the IOC and the two Koreas on January 20.

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Global News -
North Korea winning diplomatic games at Winter Olympics

North Korea has emerged as the early favorite to grab one of the Winter Olympics‘ most important medals: the diplomatic gold.

“North Korea clearly appears to be winning the gold,” said Kim Sung-han, who served as Korea’s vice foreign minister in 2012-2013 and who now teaches at Seoul’s Korea University. “Its delegation and athletes are getting all the spotlight, and Kim Jong Un’s sister is showing elegant smiles before the South Korean public and the world.

Wall Street Jurnal -
For North Korea, 8-0 Loss in Ice Hockey Was a Win

GANGNEUNG, South Korea—For its historic Olympic debut on Saturday, the unified Korean women’s ice-hockey team was given a 8-0 drubbing by its much stronger Swiss opponents.

You wouldn’t know it by reading the North Korean press’ take on the game, which portrayed the match as a shining example of what the two Koreas can accomplish when they are united in ethnic fraternity, and urged on by the coordinated applause of cheerleaders.

Washington Post -
Can you sing the anthem Okay, you can play hockey for South Korea

Not long after South Korea was chosen to host these Winter Olympics, as officials spoke openly about setting new medal records and showing off the country’s growing winter sports prowess to the world, a humbling reality set in:. At that point, the country’s all-time Winter Olympic hockey record was 0-0.

South Korea has 19 foreign-born athletes competing for it in these Olympics, most of any country, with hockey accounting for the largest share.

New York Times -
Kim Jong-un’s Sister Turns on the Charm, Taking Pence’s Spotlight

If that was indeed his intention, he could not have chosen a better emissary than the one he sent: his only sister, Kim Yo-jong, whom news outlets in the South instantly dubbed “North Korea’s Ivanka,” likening her influence to that of Ivanka Trump on her father, President Trump.

When the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un, decided to send a large delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea this month, the world feared he might steal the show.

Global News -
Kim Jong Un’s sister heads home after whirlwind visit to South Korea

Kim Yo Jong and the other North Korean officials were scheduled to depart for Pyongyang on leader Kim Jong Un’s private jet, a day after they delivered his hopes for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during a lunch at Seoul’s presidential palace.

A North Korean delegation led by a political princess was set to head home Sunday night after a whirlwind three days in South Korea, where she sat among world leaders at the Olympics and tossed a diplomatic offer to the South aimed at ending seven decades of hostility.

US denies rift with S Korea over North

US Vice-President Mike Pence has said his country and South Korea are in complete agreement on the need to maintain pressure on North Korea.

Later on Saturday Ms Kim, Kim Yong-nam and Moon Jae-in attended the first ice hockey match played by a unification team of athletes from both North and South Korea.

CBS News -
Pence says there is "no daylight" between U.S. and South Korea

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday evening there is "no daylight" between the U.S. and South Korea, despite their different approaches to engagement with North Korea at the Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games.

On the flight home from his Asian-Pacific trip flying somewhere over South Korea, Pence told reporters aboard Air Force Two that he appreciated Moon's transparency and perspective on North Korea, but reiterated that the U.S. and South Korea will "continue to stand strong and to work in a coordinated way to bring maximum economic and diplomatic pressure on North Korea." "I leave here very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we know have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions," Pence said.

NBC News -
Despite defeat, unified Korean women's ice hockey team shines

The Unified Korean team gathers in a group before the women's preliminary round ice hockey match against Switzerland at the Kwandong Hockey Center on Feb. 10, 2018.

Getty Images. GANGNEUNG, South Korea — They may have lost in their debut game at the Winter Olympics on Saturday night, but the first-ever joint Korean women's ice hockey team easily won the crowd. The team, comprised of players from the North and the South, has been a highly anticipated feature of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics, which is being held just 50 miles from the North Korean border and follows a string of tense moments between the two nations.

Winter Olympics 2018: Korean women's ice hockey team lose historic opener

The joint North and South Korean women's ice hockey team created history as they competed on the first day of action at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Although they received a rapturous welcome at the Kwandong Hockey Centre, including from the North Korean cheerleaders, the team - who are the eighth seeds in the competition - found it tough on the ice. Alina Muller scored a hat-trick in the first period and added another in the second before Phoebe Stanz and Lara Stalder scored two apiece as the Swiss managed 52 efforts on target to their opponents' eight.

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North Korea leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to summit

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has delivered a personal letter to South Korea's president, inviting him to a summit in Pyongyang.

In the latest signal of thawing ties, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un on Saturday invited South Korean President Moon Jae-In to Pyongyang, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported. The overture was conveyed by Kim’s sister, Yo Jong, who is currently in the South to attend the Winter Olympics.

Washington Post -
North Korea’s Kim Jong Un has invited South Korea’s Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, in the latest sign of rapidly warming relations between the estranged neighbors, triggered by the Olympic Games.

The invitation, delivered in person by Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, will likely cause consternation in Washington, where the Trump administration has been leading a campaign to put “maximum pressure” on the Kim regime to give up its nuclear program. The meeting between the two Koreas came at the same time that Vice President Pence was in Seoul, where he had repeatedly called the Kim regime “the most tyrannical” on earth.

NBC News -
North Korea's Kim invites South Korean leader for summit in Pyongyang

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang "at an early date," South Korean officials said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

The invitation came during talks and a lunch Moon hosted with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. The recent detente, anchored by South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympics, came despite an acceleration in the North's weapons program last year and pressure from Seoul's allies in Washington.

Reuters -
North Korea's Kim invites South Korean president for summit: South Kor

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang “at an early date”, South Korean officials said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

In January 1968, Kim Yo Jong’s grandfather, founding North Korean president Kim Il Sung, sent a squad of North Korean commandos to Seoul who tried unsuccessfully to kill then-president Park Chung-hee.

Washington Post -
At the PyeongChang Olympics Opening Ceremonies, Korea unifies for a historic selfie

For a couple of hours Friday in PyeongChang, South Korea, the two nations joined to march under a unified flag at the Opening Ceremonies for the Winter Olympics.

Kim Yo Jong, younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, took in the Opening Ceremonies in a VIP box, at one point shaking hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

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