Korean unity, historic handshake as Pyeongchang Olympics open

Winter Olympics 2018 North Korea delegation makes historic arrival in South

Winter Olympics 2018 North Korea delegation makes historic arrival in South

The sister of the North Korean leader on February 9 2018 became the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

This led to a series of talks where the Koreas agreed to have its delegates jointly march during the opening ceremony under a blue-and-white "unification" flag and field a combined team in women's ice hockey.

While the athletes in North and South Korea seem to be putting their differences aside to come together for the Winter Games, Pence is holding his ground.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook the hand of a smiling Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, as he entered the VIP seating section, and again as the Korean athletes marched.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and his wife arrived after the handshakes.

But Schoff said that by pouring cold water on hopes for better inter-Korean relations, Pence's stance could be viewed as critical of Moon's outreach to North Korea.

That may turn out to be errant speculation, but the US doesn't appear to share global relief that there's a glimmer of hope for diplomacy after a year of escalating tensions and fears of nuclear war, fueled by insults slung between President Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un.

Song Senung Hwan, executive creative director for the opening ceremony, said he had been able to make this most of his budget which was KRW60 billion (£40million).

She brought home the bronze medal in Sochi's 2014 Winter Olympics. His office said he did not interact with the North Koreans.

"At any moment, he could have gotten up and left and sat somewhere else, and then you would have had the image of North sitting in the box with South Korea and Japan", the official added.

According to Olympic tradition, the Greek contingent headed the parade of athletes into the open-air stadium, followed by the other delegations in order according to the Korean alphabet.

After announcing its arrival on the worldwide stage by hosting the 1988 Seoul Olympics, South Korea now wants to show the world just how far it has come over the last 30 years with a Games showcasing its culture and technological prowess.

The Pences did not stand for the unified Korean team's entrance.

The South Korean didn't play a part in the ceremony like Park or Pak, but she still appeared thrilled to be there. "I want to still be alive for my race", he said. The host nation has had the majority of its previous Olympic success in the short track, with the sport accounting for 42 of the country's 53 all-time winter medals heading into the Games.

After years of frustration, billions of dollars and a nagging national debate about their worth, the opening ceremonies took place before a world watching the moment not only for its athletic significance and global spectacle, but for clues about what the peninsula's political future could hold.

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