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Winter Olympics begin with show of unity between North and South Korea

It may not be the most popular sport in the Olympics but it's sliding up the ranks It may not be the most popular sport in the Olympics but it's sliding up the ranks
Kayla Schwartz | 10 February, 2018, 08:09

Vice President Mike Pence, in an exclusive interview with NBC's "Nightly News", vowed that the USA would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".

"And Dennis Rodman has confirmed this and he's met both of them personally", he added, referring to the former National Basketball Association star who has met with Kim several times.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the south since the end of the Korean War in 1953.

About 500 North Koreans - including athletes, officials, performers, reporters and cheerleaders - are part of the Winter Olympics 2018 delegation, visiting Pyeongchang, South Korea.

About 800 demonstrators marched toward the venue for the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on Friday.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence avoided encountering North Korea's ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam during a reception dinner ahead of the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday, underscoring chilly relations between Washington and Pyongyang.

Schools closed, flights canceled as winter storm hits Chicago, Detroit
Forecasters are now calling for between 10 and 14 inches of snow as a Winter Storm Warning remains in effect from 9:00 p.m. Mike Spiel's forecast is now calling for as much as 10 inches of snow in total accumulation by Friday .

Pence and Kim Yong-nam were being hosted by President Moon before the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang.

Mr. Pence briefly encountered Mr. Kim but they tried to avoid directly facing each other, Yonhap news agency reports. But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

So even though the United States may have literally kept its back turned on one of North Korea's most powerful people, it's good that leaders from the U.S. and North Korea can at least sit cordially alongside one another.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in is expected to have lunch Saturday with a delegation from North Korea that includes Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. They also made the symbolic gesture at the opening of the 2000 and 2004 Olympics in Sydney and Athens.

Russian Federation are banned from competing as a team following the country's doping scandal - but the International Olympic Committee has invited some to take part as neutrals.

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