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Dog Meat Still On the Menu at South Korea Olympics

10 February 2018

Certain restaurants in Pyeongchang, South Korea, have refused to stop serving dog meat during the Winter Olympics.

Yuna Kim, a South Korean figure skating gold medalist, ignited the Olympic cauldron for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday night in a bitterly cold opening ceremony that highlighted Korean unity.

Meanwhile forty-five Russian athletes as well as two coaches have had appeals against their exclusion from the Winter Olympics dismissed - on the same day as the Games' opening ceremony. Mike Pence, the US Vice President, who has been vocal in his criticism of North Korea in the runup to the Games, sat impassive, a few feet away.

South Korean actor and producer Song Seung-whan is the executive creative director of the opening ceremony. Moon also met with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the Republic.

Mr Bach said the joint march of the two Koreas sent a "powerful message". The Japanese leader has stood by the USA in taking a hard line on the isolated nation, pushing for increased pressure and sanctions.

"We have never begged for dialogue with the USA and will be the same in the future", Cho Yong Sam, a senior official at the North's foreign ministry, was quoted as saying by the communist state's official Korean Central News Agency.

Pence's tough talk stands in stark contrast to the most recent approach by South Korea, whose high-level discussions with its neighbor last month resulted in the two nations agreeing to participate together in the Olympic games, which are taking place just 50 miles from the North Korean border. But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea.

The pair will have lunch with Moon at the Blue House on Saturday, Moon's office said.

The United Nations allowed the North Korean delegation to travel to South Korea for the Olympics, granting an exemption on sanctions against the repressive regime.

The torch relay that began on November 1 past year reached its grand finale here Friday, and Chun Lee-kyung, a four-time Olympic champion in short track speed skating, brought the flame into the main stadium.

As the games unfold, the world's worries about North Korea's nuclear threats still linger.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games including officials, athletes, artists and cheerleaders after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures to mark the games.

USA officials have remained suspicious over Kim's intentions as the North cosies up to the South over the Olympics.

Dog Meat Still On the Menu at South Korea Olympics