Google Doodle Celebrates Opening Ceremony of 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongCheng

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HUNDREDS of anti-North Korea protestors gathered before the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang - with some burning flags and pictures of Kim Jong Un.

Pence is leading the US delegation in Pyeongchang and has said he is open to meeting with North Korean officials.

Where will be the 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony be held? The opening ceremony is expected to blend aspects of Korean history and culture.

Iran had summoned South Korea's ambassador to the Foreign Ministry over the apparent snub and demanded an apology from Samsung, saying that its trade relations with Iran would otherwise be "greatly affected".

Trump did not travel to South Korea as tension on the Korean peninsula mounts amid a standoff over nuclear power, sending Vice President Mike Pence in his place.

Dressed in a black coat, carrying a black shoulder bag and hit with a barrage of camera flashes, Kim Yo Jong smiled as a group of South Korean officials, including Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, greeted her and the rest of the delegates at a meeting room at Incheon International Airport.

But while South Korean President Moon Jae-in is using his country's hosting of the Winter Olympics to re-engage with the North, the decision has not been well received by everyone in the South.

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

How many nations are participating in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games? Organisers have said the ceremony will "highlight a key message of peace".

A former North Korean policeman - who defected to South Korea - said there is a good chance even the athletes' bathroom breaks will be monitored by informants who will be tasked with surveilling them 24/7. It has only deepened over the years as the North closes in on the ability to field an arsenal of nukes that can hit USA cities.

At the Olympic opening ceremony, the drones decorated the skies of PyeongChang, alongside hundreds of South Korea's snowboarders who slid down the sopes, clad in jumpsuits flashing with light-emitting diode lights.

Since the end of the Korean War in 1953, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK or North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (ROK or South Korea) have been in a tense back-and-forth.

"The opening ceremony will weave together the narratives of five lovable protagonists from Gangwon province through cultural performances", Yang Jung-woong, executive producer of the opening ceremony, said during a January 23 press conference in Pyeongchang.

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