Are There North Koreans at the Winter Olympics?

2017 North Korea's ominous show of force

Athletes from Russia competing under the Olympic flag made their debut in the 2018 Winter Olympics, losing in a curling match to a USA team at a time when other Russian athletes were having their banning appeals heard in hopes of entering the games.

Pence said President Donald Trump "always believes in talking", adding that North Korea "can have a better future than the militaristic path, the path of provocation and confrontation that it's on".

A North Korean ballistic missile is displayed through Kim Il Sung Square previous year.

Experts said by sending a youthful, photogenic person who will undoubtedly attract worldwide attention during the games, North Korea is trying to construct a fresher and warmer public image and defuse potential USA efforts to use the Olympics to highlight the North's brutal human rights record.

The number of people struck down by a virus causing vomiting and diarrhoea at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics has more than doubled to 86, though athletes remain unaffected, the Korean Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) said.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un waves during a military parade on Saturday April 15 in Pyongyang to celebrate the 105th anniversary of Kim Il Sung's birth the country's late founder and grandfather of current ruler Kim Jong Un

This story was first published on, "North Korea sends clear message with missile parade on eve of Olympics".

A photograph taken on February 5, 2018, shows the North Korean national flag displayed outside their dormitory across 3 storys at the athletes' village in Gangneung, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games. The fact that YouTube has shut down some North Korea propaganda channels may make it even harder to get imagery of the parade.

CAS said separately that a decision over the 47 others attempting to gain late entry into the Olympics would be announced on Friday at 11:00 am (1400 GMT, 1700EAT).

To allow the ship to travel to the South, Seoul treated it as an exception to sanctions.

This is the first time that a member of the North's ruling Kim dynasty is visiting the South, and some North Korea watchers say she is the de facto No. 2 official in the reclusive state.

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"There may be a possibility for any kind of an encounter with North Koreans", whether informal or a meeting, he said Thursday before leaving Japan.

Games sponsor Samsung Electronics has donated 4,000 "Olympic edition" handsets of its flagship Galaxy Note 8 device to be distributed among athletes and IOC officials free of charge.

But North Korean athletes won't have the fun of taking selfies and filming their time in the South with the Samsung phone.

From the 1970s until 2014, North Korea has celebrated its Army Day on April 25, the day the Korean People's Revolutionary Army - the guerrilla forces fighting Japanese occupation - was founded in 1932. But the organizer decided not to give out the devices, rather than risking violating sanctions.

Since then the North has agreed to take part in the South's Winter Olympics with a combined women's ice hockey team from both sides, and Kim Yo Jong, the 28-year-old sister of the North Korean leader, will attend the opening ceremony.

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In a televised speech, Kim said the parade marks North Korea's emergence as a "global military power" despite facing the "worst sanctions".

South Korea expressed delight that she's coming, saying it shows North Korea's sincerity for improving relations.

Pyongyang is sending a senior delegation - including Kim Jong Un's younger sister - and rumors had circulated such a meeting could be in the works.

Even so, Pence and other USA officials seemed to be open to the possibility of a meeting, even if they were not actively seeking one.

"Kim Yong Nam is a nominal head of state; he should be seated closer to Moon than Pence".

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