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We are one people': N. Korean skaters wow in dream Olympic debut

We are one people': N. Korean skaters wow in dream Olympic debut

Since the Agreed Framework between the United States and North Korea in 1994, dialogues and agreements with North Korea have ended up only giving Pyongyang such benefits as economic assistance and did not lead to solving the issue.

Nearly a week into the Olympics, however, North Koreans have been a virtual nonfactor. "We lose vast amounts of money with China and Japan and South Korea", he added.

"There have been no inconveniences whatsoever when it comes to the life here in the South area", Kim said in translated televised comments before the pair sped past the mixed zone where a horde of reporters were waiting for them.

While it took the unified Korean women's team almost 150 minutes of playing time to notch their first goal, which came on Wednesday against Japan, the South Korean men accomplished the same feat in 7 minutes and 34 seconds.

The roar echoed through the Kwandong Hockey Centre the moment Randi Heesoo Griffin's shot from the right circle crossed the line for the first Olympic goal in Korean women's hockey history.

Fans erupted while the North Korean cheerleaders jumped from their seats in the most uncoordinated moves they've made yet. "You've got to accept it and go with it and be proud of what we're doing".

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Woo said she's a bit relieved after her daughter asked her not to worry too much because she and the North Korean goalie, Ri Pom, could learn from each other. "We could really feel the power and the energy of the Korean people". She described them as "innocent" and "pure-hearted". Of the 35, only 22 players - 20 skaters and two goaltenders - can play each game, and at least three must be North Koreans. "If somebody is taken off an entry, they would suffer the pains and a sense of loss".

Meanwhile, Kim welcomed home on Monday a historic high-level North Korean Olympic delegation that included his younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who has become the first member of the ruling Kim dynasty to enter South Korea.

Before the score had been announced, there was a standing ovation from the cheerleading squad, who were flanked by minders throughout, while flowers and cuddly mascots were thrown onto the rink as a thrilled Ryom - nicknamed the "Angel of Smiles" in the South Korean press - and Kim curtsied and bowed.

The couple's presence at the 2018 Games was only confirmed following a sudden rapprochement between the two Koreas after tensions reached fever pitch as Pyongyang carried out a series of weapons tests.

These Games have created a climate for apparent rapprochement between a North and South, two countries still technically at war, divided since 1953.

Then, North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un announced in his New Year's Day speech the North's intention to participate, setting off multiple rounds of talks at a breakneck pace.


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