Moon Jae-in & Kim Yo Jong’s Handshake: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-Jong, shook hands during the 2018 Winter Olympics ceremony in PyeongChang. The handshake was seen as a symbolic moment for two countries technically still at war.

There were 30,000 people in the stadium for the Opening Ceremony Friday night, including a North Korean cheerleading squad and thousands of Korean dancers in a performance meant to highlight the theme of unity.

The last time South Korea hosted the Olympics, in summer 1988,North Korea carried out a terrorist attack, killing 115 people on a passenger plane. Moon Jae-in has expressed desire for dialogue with North Korea and was pleased that the country sent a delegation. The handshake and any subsequent talks could be a move toward peace.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. They Shook Hands During the Opening Ceremony, a Historic and Symbolic Moment

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is part of the country’s Olympic delegation to South Korea, shook hands with South Korea President Moon Jae-in in a symbolic handshake. The handshake, which took place near the beginning of the Olympics Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, comes during tension between the two countries, but could be a sign of unity.

Correction: A previous version of this post incorrectly stated that South Korea hosted the summer Olympics in 1998. The year was 1988, not 1998.

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Kim

I was thinking the same thing he killed his brother or brother in law a few years ago and his aunt and uncle.

Nobody

Why would the terrorist dictator of North Korea release of photo of himself and his sister that was taken years ago ?
Giving the impression his sister is looking innocent ?
Now a photo of her shaking the hands of the Olympic member, clearly shows the age difference, it also shows the tremendous stress and lack of sleep for days .
This is troubling because of the dictators lack of concern for his family members and seems to kill them at will.
Shirley this man would never attack South Korea if his sister is attending ?
Or would he ?
99.9 % likely to attack South Korea …
I do hope, I am wrong and incorrect, In My analysis of the North Korean president’s intentions, By 1 % !!

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