By Oh Young-jin
The U.S. television network NBC identified PyeongChang as being in North Korea in a subtitle during its broadcast of the Olympic opening ceremony. A capture of the footage went viral.
The subtitle stated, “Opening Ceremony Tonight” in a big font at the bottom of the screen, underneath which read, “PyeongChang, North Korea.”
At the ceremony, President Moon Jae-in was on hand with North Korea’s dictator Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo-jong, and its ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam.
The main broadcaster for U.S. Olympic coverage neither explained the obvious mistake nor apologized for it.
Especially against the background of U.S. Vice President Mike Pence’s refusal to acknowledge North Korean delegates, some even speculated whether it was an intentional gaff. Pence arrived behind schedule for the opening ceremony but the White House explained that it was not to avoid meeting the North Koreans.
Seoul went to the point of alienating its ally, the U.S., in forming a joint inter-Korean team.