Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 1: Korean athletes parade in peace

Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics Day 1: Korean athletes parade in peace

Moon has been pressing the North to engage with the USA to de-escalate tensions between the countries, which have been fueled by a string of nuclear tests that were met with strong rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

And on Friday, Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un himself, arrived for the first-ever visit to the South by a member of the ruling Kim dynasty.

Read alsoKoreas to march under single "united" flag in Olympic Games - BBCShe made the invitation during a rare lunch meeting between representatives from the two rival neighbors at Seoul's presidential palace. She passed on a message from Kim, who invited Moon to visit Pyongyang "at a convenient date".

"It was so sudden that the Korean government put the North Korean players on the South Korean team", said Ahn Jae-myeong, 23, a hockey fan and student at Kwangwoon University in Seoul who came to see the game.

Moon has expressed his intention to use the Winter Olympics as a chance to make diplomatic inroads with the North and restore normalized communications, following months of high tensions on the Peninsula.

At the opening ceremony for the Games, Mr Pence, Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam were seated in close proximity to each other.

"But he stayed there the entire time. and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling".

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The South Korean President also stressed the need for the Communist North to resume its dialogue with the US. "For three months, she nearly starved because the North Korean soldiers came and they took control of that area".

"This is the first time Mike Pence has been accused of being a snob", said an aide to the vice president, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the North Korean reports.

Moon and Kim Yo Jong broke out broad smiles as they shook hands before the start of the opening ceremony.

Moon is joined by his national security director, intelligence chief, chief of staff and the unification minister. Moon had earlier met Kim Yong Nam during a dinner for visiting dignitaries.

He added that USA and allied military exercises will be delayed until after the end of the Winter Olympics on February 25.

Hundreds of Twitter users in recent days have referred to "Pyongyang2018", and while some were making a dig at the presence of North Korea at the Games, in many cases it appears to have been a simple mix-up.

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