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Winter Olympics opening ceremony sees historic handshake

Fireworks go off during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games Fireworks go off during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games
Kenny Thornton | 11 February, 2018, 23:47

North Korea's cheerleaders serenaded South Korean fans with tender love songs Saturday as a joint Korean ice hockey team's emotional Olympic debut ended in tears before the sister of Kim Jong Un.

According to CNN, though Moon and Pence did not discuss the invitation during an afternoon meeting, a US official "added that Pence does not believe that the invitation dilutes the toughness of the United States pressure campaign on North Korea".

Saturday's meeting follows a brief encounter between the two parties at the opening ceremony on Friday, in which Moon twice shook hands with Kim Yo-jong.

This year's Winter Games are taking place amid an unavoidable political context, with host nation South Korea fostering the Olympic spirit by extending the invitation to neighboring North Korea, a move applauded by the IOC.

This will be the fourth time that both the leaders will attend an event, ever since they greeted each other during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Friday.

The vice president also met with North Korean defectors while in Pyeongtaek.

What will South Korea ask for?

He only stood up for the U.S. team, even though other dignitaries rose to their feet to applaud the joint arrival of athletes from both North and South Korea.

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Mr Moon's office said the two Koreas "shared an understanding that they should continue the positive mood for peace and recognition" from the Olympic Games.

Le Drian said in response that France welcomes the resumed inter-Korean talks and hopes the momentum of dialogue will continue after the Olympics. There have been some such meetings in the past, but they are rare.

The first summit was in June 2000 between Kim Dae-jung, a proponent of the so-called Sunshine Policy, and Kim Jong Il.

Her presence in the Olympics Stadium in Pyeongchang is the first time that a member of her family have visited South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Ms Kim, who is said to be very close to her brother, was promoted to the powerful politburo past year.

Later, Pence echoed the tough stance being taken by Donald Trump against Kim Jong Un's continued nuclear tests.

In an effort to limit the fiery rhetoric of both leaders, the US and South Korea agreed to suspend military exercises in the region for the duration of the Olympics.

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