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11 February 2018

The North Korean invitation puts Moon in a hard position as he seeks a rapprochement with the north on the one hand and a desire not to upset the USA on the other.

Fireworks explode during the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics. And Saturday night, it will get even more interesting.

North Korea has sent some of the highest level officials ever to the south for these games, the result of diplomacy by Seoul that led to an agreement between the two countries - still formally at war - to participate together in the Winter Games. There were rumblings of discontent over having to drop players to add the North Koreans, and of being pawns in a game they did not want to play.

"We have to be unified (with North Korea)".

Abe discussed North Korea's nuclear and missile programs and brought up the issue of Japanese nationals who were abducted by the North decades ago when he shook hands and briefly spoke with Kim Yong Nam during the dinner hosted by Moon in Pyeongchang, Kyodo News quoted the Japanese government as saying. He has referred to the games as the "Olympic Games of peace".

Outside, many locals wore the joint team's jersey with "KOREA" emblazoned across their chests and waved mini unification flags - a pale blue silhouette of the Korean peninsula.

All this has come as the women on the Korean team work to become a cohesive unit, to learn each others' strengths and preferences on the ice. "And their (songs) are so in sync it is like they've been practicing them for years".

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They did not find out that the North Koreans were joining them until mid-January, when the rest of the world also heard the news . But the North was welcomed with open arms to what South Korean President Moon Jae-in called " Olympic games of peace".

There is a palpable excitement in this isolated, rugged mountain town, as one of the poorest, coldest and most disgruntled parts of an otherwise prosperous South Korea kicks off two weeks of winter sports, spectacle and, from the looks of things, some inter-Korean reconciliation.

The post of USA ambassador to South Korea has been vacant since Mark Lippert stood down over a year ago.

"I think a unified one is stronger than two divided ones ..." Through it all, accurate shots on goal were cheered by the whole squad.

"They laugh together, they hang out together, they eat meals together".

"We are investigating the cause and we will share more information. The communication is good".

"When my neighbors panic, I'll panic", she said.

A separate one-page cheat sheet provided by Inje Speedium to its staff points out that North Koreans don't use English words like shampoo and conditioner, which are used in the South. A White House official said they did not interact.

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Abe echoed Pence's comments through a translator, urging countries "not to be lured by the charm offensive of North Korea ". Each wore a stunning red coat with matching fur hats, collars and cuffs.

The US has given mixed signals about its willingness to talk. "This is our family and this is great".

The team has compiled its own "dictionary" of different ice hockey terms to better communicate with each other, she said. "They're just girls playing hockey".

American skaters Lana Gehring and Maame Biney enjoyed the presence of the North Korean supporters.

The Korean roster also includes Canadian college player Danelle Im, as well as Caroline Park, who grew up in Canada and played hockey for Princeton University. She later gave that folder to Moon, and Moon's office said it was a personal letter from her brother. President Donald Trump has sought to maximize pressure on North Korea to pressure Kim into giving up his nuclear weapons, and his administration hasn't ruled out a preemptive attack. They were stopped and most were killed near the palace, which was newly rebuilt in 1991.

From the moment the combined team was announced, however, it exposed deep divisions in South Korean society. "Moon has been very accommodating to North Korea's desire to join the Olympics late, and that has been seen as deeply unfair".

But Pence said that Moon shared "a bit" about his meeting with the North Koreans, and that he "appreciated him sharing his perspective on that".

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