All 45 Russian Athletes, Two Coaches Lose Olympic Appeals

Moon Jae In Kim Yo Song handhake

Vice President Mike Pence is lending his "hearty support" to President Donald Trump's request for the Pentagon to organize a military parade, even as he condemns North Korea's choreographed displays of military might ahead of the Winter Olympic games.

"As these people and their lives testify, it is a regime that imprisons, and tortures, and impoverishes its citizens", he added.

On the sidelines of the opening ceremony on Friday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in plans to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, and other senior North Korean officials who will be attending the Games. She only said the North Koreans will be spread across the lines.

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Only 22 will dress to play Saturday night, leaving Murray the hard task of deciding whether to play any of the North Koreans or sit some of the South Koreans she has worked with for many weeks.

Could Pyeongchang's initial pitch - that it could contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula - actually become reality?

Preview: The 23rd Winter Olympics open Friday to a sudden thaw in ties between North and South Korea, while athletes shiver in sub-zero temperatures and Russia's doping scandal causes confusion and irritation on all sides.

Sarah Murray, head coach of the joint Korean women's hockey team, runs a practice at Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung, Gangwon Province, on February 5, 2018.

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Moon Jae In Mike Pence and Kim Yo Jong were just a few seats apart. Getty Images Business Insider

Kim Yo Jong is now blacklisted by the United States for her association with human rights abuses.

"All the athletes around me, all the spectators here in the stadium, and all Olympic fans watching around the world. we are all touched by this wonderful gesture", Bach said.

The event unveiled a new short-range missile, which is based on the Russian Iskander ballistic missile but also shares many features of South Korea's Hyunmoo-2 ballistic missile, according to Michael Elleman, a missile expert at the International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Aides acknowledged that the vice president's cynical message is an unusual one for Pence, but said the circumstances warrant the tone.

The presence of Kim, who was promoted to the country's Politburo, the senior body of North Korea's communist party, as an alternate member a year ago, represents a hugely significant move in the thawing of relations between the neighbors.

But North Korea has a habit of not letting itself be ignored when it comes to its southern rival.

Mr Pence warned that the world would see "a charm offensive by North Korea" on Friday, "but today we thought it was important to make sure the truth is told". But yesterday, state media said the country's representatives have no intention of meeting with Pence.

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