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Olympics: Bach hails North, South Korea for harnessing Olympic spirit

Olympics: Bach hails North, South Korea for harnessing Olympic spirit

The modestly good news is that since the last missile test on November 28, the North Korean regime has more or less played nice, or nicer than usual, as the Olympics approach. "And that is that North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions", he said. He will also visit a memorial dedicated to the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack attributed to the North.

The United States believes North Korea, which has sent a team to the Games, is using the event for crude propaganda.

Emily Sweeney, Erin Hamlin and Summer Britcher of the United States pose in front of the Truce Wall after the team's flag raising ceremony during previews ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games at the Olympic Athletes' Village on February 6, 2018.

A cheer squad is expected to root for a unified women's ice hockey team, which was assembled under the two Koreas' agreement and approval by the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

The ship carried members of the Samjiyon Band, an orchestra with vocalists and dancers that is headed by one of North Korea's best-known singers, Hyon Song Wol.

That is not to say that Kim Yong Nam's visit will be useless. No one from the ferry could be seen leaving the vessel late on Tuesday as dark fell, while earlier, some were spotted on the deck waving at the crowds.

Regardless of whom Pyongyang sends, it's not really clear how interested North Korea is in diplomacy.

On whether President Moon Jae-in would personally meet Kim in a one-on-one meeting, the spokesman said the Blue House was preparing "diverse opportunities of communication" between the two sides.

A local government official said the North probably considered the fact that Kim wasn't on any sanctions list, as opposed to Choe Ryong-hae, when choosing him.

South Korea's figure skater Cha Jun-hwan is well prepared to make a top-10 finish at his first Olympics in PyeongChang, his Canadian coach said Tuesday.

A look at North Korea's current and past stars and what the country hopes to get from them.

"The conservative media and persons claimed that the use of "Mangyongbong-92". during the Olympic period falls foul of the "independent sanctions" by the USA and South Korea", the official KCNA news agency said last month, when the two Koreas were holding talks on the North's participation in the Games.

However, there are tensions between USA scepticism and the optimism of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who wants to use the Games to improve relations with the North and open the door to eventual talks on its weapons programs.

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