Could a North Korean athlete defect to South Korea during the Olympics?

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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back left) watch on during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

The meeting also included two other high-level delegates- Choe Hwi, the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son-gwon, the head of the North Korea's state agency in charge of inter-Korean affairs. Officials have anxious about such attacks coming from North Korea amidst political tensions with South Korea, and Russian Federation following the country's ban from the games due to a systematic doping scheme. That part is yet to be determined, as politicians, analysts and curious citizens debate whether the North Koreans' amicable presence at these Olympics is legitimate or simply the latest version of a "charm offensive" from the dictatorship, a calculated move created to engender global support and separate South Korea from its alliance with the United States. Almost 200 female members of the North Korean cheerleading regime - a handpicked group created to be an appealing propaganda arm of the ruling party - chanted and sang (and did the wave on several occasions) while other fans clapped along in between Switzerland's offensive barrages.

South Korea's president has received an invitation to visit the North - an offer that came from the younger sister of the North's dictator.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met a 22-member North Korean delegation, which was led by its ceremonial leader Kim Yong-nam at the South Korean presidential office, Cheong Wa Dae (Blue House) on Saturday. "I was standing and I think the whole team felt very much welcome and this welcome does not depend on who stands and who does not stand", Bach said. It happened during a historic meeting between North and South Korean officials at Seoul's presidential palace.

They lined the streets here in the cold on Saturday, waving and cheering and shouting out, "We are one!" as the team bus roared past.

These officials said that while Pence did not greet Kim Yong Nam, he didn't deliberately skip over him. Switzerland defeated Korea 8-0.


Kim Yo Jong was always close to her father, and after returning from Switzerland, she was appointed to positions of responsibility in the government, according to Michael Madden, who runs the blog North Korea Leadership Watch.

Pence says he's leaving Asia "very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we've known have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions".

The overwhelming feeling here on Saturday, though, was one of unity.

"It didn't affect the opening ceremony", Park said.

"I didn't see it there".

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