"Unlike the United States, we do not engage in dirty and messy acts to abuse sports events like the Olympics for political purposes", the newspaper said in an article attributed to an unnamed writer.
The North's participation has been generally welcomed, but right-wing protesters have shown up at several venues to burn North Korean flags and tear up portraits of Kim's brother. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit U.S. cities.
Abe also said he would convey to Moon Tokyo's position on a 2015 bilateral agreement on "comfort women" - many Korean - who were forced to work in Japanese military brothels during WWII while urging "future-oriented" two-way ties. And this is only a small sample of the passionate indictments hurled at the "bloody nose" strategy, all stressing its danger.
In 2015, Won devised a plan to bring a South Korean orchestra to the DMZ, where they would rendezvous with a North Korean choir: They would perform several meters apart from one another, separated by a fence.
Pence, who will lead the U.S. delegation to the games' opening ceremonies on Friday, met Thursday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in to press for a more clear-eyed approach toward the nuclear-armed neighbour to the north. Moon has looked at the games as an opportunity to pursue a diplomatic opening with North Korea - a move the vice-president cautioned against. Instead, Pence chose to eat with the athletes.
After arriving at the South's ultramodern Incheon International Airport- the North's flagship airline is subject to sanctions - she traveled to Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony, where the North and South Korean athletes marched together behind a blue-and-white "unification" flag for the first time in more than a decade. But they offer a far more hopeful message than the president's taunting tweets about who has a bigger nuclear button.
Its agents blew up a South Korean airliner ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in an attempt to dissuade visitors; then it boycotted its rival's Olympic debut on the world stage. The editorial board of The New York Times, for instance, accused the Trump administration of "playing with fire and fury". Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim's outreach by offering talks.
Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, verbally delivered the invite to Moon on Saturday.
And in lieu of both countries' national anthems, the folk song will also be played at the start of ice hockey games involving the unified Korean women's team.
Moon's office says Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, came to the South as his special envoy.
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has extended a rare invitation to South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang.
This is the first time a member of the Kim dynasty has traveled to South Korea, though their grandfather, Kim Il Sung, went to areas occupied by his troops south of what is now the Demilitarized Zone during the 1950-53 Korean War.
This is a picture from my bus window of the Bridge of No Return, where the two Koreas traded prisoners of war.
"We tried to sneak into the media section so we could wave to the athletes", he told AFP today. That, predictably, was the image that North Korea's main newspaper put on its front pages.
Pyeongchang Olympic organizers are investigating a possible attack on their internet and Wi-Fi systems about 45 minutes before the opening ceremony.
Days earlier, a land mine explosion in the DMZ wounded two South Korean soldiers and tensions between the two countries rose sharply.
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