The 2018 Winter Olympics held at Pyeongchang,South Korea which began with politics ends also with politics on Sunday . Kim Yong Chol,Senior North Korean official, Moon Jae-in,South Korean President and Ivanka Trump, U.S. presidential adviser and first daughter sat in two rows of seats behind the Olympic rings so as to represent a competition of peace and international unity.Although there is no apparent communication between kim and Trump,they watched a spirited elaborate show that concluded the Pyeongchang Games.
Even though the dancers told cultural stories to music in front of a huge crowd, South Korea’s presidential office released a brief statement saying that Pyongyang had expressed willingness to hold talks with Washington.In the statement it was noted that the North has ample intentions of holding talks with U.S. The North’s delegation also agreed that the South-North relations and U.S.-North Korean relations should be improved together.
At the closing ceremony,Thomas bach,International Olympic Committee Presdient addressed the two Koreas’ cooperation by saying, “The Olympic games are an homage to the past and an act of faith for the future.” “With your joint march you have shared your faith in a peaceful future with all of us,” Bach said. “You have shown our sport brings people together in our very fragile world. You have shown how sport builds bridges “,He also pointed out.
Pyeongchang Olympics featured athletic excellence, surprises and unexpected lurches forward toward a new detente on the Korean Peninsula. The athletes marched into the arena around the world’s flags, relaxed after showing their athletic best to themselves and to the world. On Sunday night, though K-pop megastars EXO claimed center stage, leaders rejoined athletes as a primary focus.
Outside the stadium,North Korea was not welcomed as much.More than 200 anti Pyongyang protesters, waving South Korean and U.S. flags, banging drums and holding signs like “Killer Kim Yong Chol go to hell,” rallied in streets near the park. They decried the South Korean government’s decision to allow the visit. No major clashes were reported.
The Olympians departing Monday leave behind a Korean Peninsula full of possibility for peace, or at least less hostility.
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