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Combined Korean hockey team loses to Swiss in Olympic debut

Combined Korean hockey team loses to Swiss in Olympic debut

The number of mentions of "Pyongyang2018" spiked during Friday's opening ceremony, when hosts South Korea and the North - two countries technically still at war - marched together behind the Korean unification flag.

In reply, Moon said he can not visit North Korea until the North resumes talks with the United States.

"Let us promote mutual conciliation and harmony through the power of sport".

The luncheon at the Blue House came after Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates attended the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which has brought a temporary lull in tensions over the North's nuclear-weapons program.

In this year's Games, the two rival nations joined to form a united Koreas team, leaving many dreaming of a world where they are not feuding.

A unified Korean women's ice hockey team, first of its kind in the Olympic history, has won the hearts of millions on Saturday night, despite a 8-0 loss to the Sochi bronze victor Switzerland in their debut at the PyeongChang Olympic Games.

The home crowd - seated among them the North Korean cheerleaders - roared their players as they skated onto the ice in their blue-and-red jerseys, "KOREA" emblazoned over a pale blue silhouette of the peninsula.

"For our side, for the sports side, this dialogue will continue.", he said, adding that the IOC was in constant dialogue with North Korea's national Olympic committee.

World leaders including United States Vice-President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier attended the opening extravaganza held at the 35,000-seat Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium yesterday. Jong Su-Hyon from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) and South Korean forward Han Soo-jin contributed the team's two most aggressive attempts in the whole game, however their efforts were in vain as Jong's shot was blocked by Swiss goalie Florence Schelling, while Han's hit the net roof.

"The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearization", he said before the North's invitation to Moon was announced.

Moon, for his part, took the opportunity to highlight the visit of North Korean officials to the global competition, referring to the "Olympic Games of peace". Pence was also at the dinner and reportedly refused to shake the elderly North Korean's hand.

The official said Pence and Moon did not discuss the North Koreans' invitation to Moon for a summit in Pyongyang, which would set the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in 10 years.

"Adding new players obviously isn't easy but I think going into this tournament we knew it was going to be tough", said the joint team's Canadian coach Sarah Murray. The group is fringe, but their demonstrations have generated irate reactions in North Korea's state-run media.

Pence, who is leading the U.S. delegation to the Olympics, briefly encountered Kim Yong-nam at the Games but the two tried to avoid directly facing each other.

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