Kim Yong Nam, 90 y.o. President of the Supreme People’s Assembly of North Korea won hearts and minds with his tears at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics 2018.
Political watchers who were tracking North Korean delegates saw him crying at at least 5 occasions.
Why is Kim Yong Nam crying? He was born in 1928 which makes him older than both the DPRK and ROK. He also went through the destruction of the Korean War. He would remember when there was only one Korea. He cried when songs that recalled a united Korea was played.
South Korea’s President Moon Jae-In is 65 years old this year. The Korean War was fought between 25 Jun 1950 – 27 Jul 1953 . Moon was born in January 1953. He would not understand what a united Korea is like.
That young lady dressed in a beige coloured suit beside Kim Yong Nam is Kim Jo-Yong, sister of Kim Jong Un. She charmed South Koreans and Chinese because she smiled and smiled. Pence? He signalled his unfriendliness and lack of grace. Shows you who really wants to give peace and diplomacy a chance right?
Ms. Kim attracted attention wherever she turned up — at the opening ceremony, in the stands at the Olympic debut of the unified Korean women’s ice hockey team, and at a performance in Seoul by a North Korean art troupe.
But Mr. Pence drew the greatest reaction for where he did not appear: most pointedly, at a dinner Mr. Moon hosted before the opening ceremony. That meant that he avoided spending much time with the North Korean delegation, including Kim Yong-nam, the country’s ceremonial head of state.
And while the unified Korean Olympic team received a standing ovation as they marched into the stadium Friday night, Mr. Pence remained seated, which critics said was disrespectful of the athletes and his host, Mr. Moon.
“The fact that he and Mrs. Pence didn’t stand when the unified team came in was a new low in a bullying type of American diplomacy.”
A united North and South Korea would be an international powerhouse. Pence missed the chance to show statesmanship. Sulking and grouching, he failed to position USA as a sincere peacemaker.