With an unexpected show of Korean unity, the 2018 Winter Olympics begin

Unified Korea's flagbearers lead a delegation from North and South Korea during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Unified Korea's flagbearers lead a delegation from North and South Korea during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

Select athletes and Olympic officials of the two Koreas enter the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in PyeongChang, host city of South Korea's first Winter Games, at the Olympics' opening ceremony on February 9, 2018.

But in a rare move, he has sent his sister Kim Jo Yong in his place - who becomes the first member of the Kim family to travel to the South in over six decades.

President Moon Jae In, who wants to harness the Olympic spirit to pave the way for talks over the North's weapons programme, warmly shook hands with her as well as the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam.

Not long after, North and South Korean athletes entered Olympic Stadium together, waving flags showing a unified Korea - the long-time dream, in theory at least, of many Koreans both North and South. However, some individual Russian athletes will be allowed to participate in the Games by competing under a neutral Olympic flag.

What is the Opening Ceremony of Winter Olympic Games 2018 all about? Only hours before the opening ceremony, the Court of Arbitration for Sport threw out a bid by 47 more Russians to compete at Pyeongchang.

South Korean actor and producer Song Seung-whan is the executive creative director of the opening ceremony.

The Pyeongchang Olympics are the second ever to be held on the Korean Peninsula, and its first Winter Games.

The 2018 Winter Olympics events have already kicked off, but the official Opening Ceremony is just about to begin.

International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said at the ceremony the Korean athletes are in inspiration for all "to live together in peace and harmony despite all our differences".

But it was Kim Yo Jong who is the object of most South Korean fascination. Will Patrick Chan of Canada hit his quad jumps and claim figure skating glory?Can reigning men's gold medalist Yuzuru Hanyu of Japan overcome injury and defend his title against Chan?

South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared on Friday the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in South Korea's Pyeongchang open.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the PyeongChang Games.

Demonstrators have clashed with riot police at protests against North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics.

A theme of peace encompassed the ceremony, which included a remarkable artistic segment representing Korea's history and culture, as well as looking to the future.

He highlighted his earlier announcement that the United States would continue to intensify what he called a "maximum pressure campaign" and keep it in place until North Korea abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.

The parade featured tanks, planes, and thousands of goose-stepping troops - as well as Hwasong-14 and Hwasong-15 ICBMS, which the North claims can reach USA soil.

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