South Korean president meets North Korean delegation

South Korean president meets North Korean delegation

The two-hour long opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea was held under the slogan, "Passion, Connected".

South and North Koreans marched together under a unified flag at the games' opening ceremony.

The stage invasion came just after North and South Korea marched together into the stadium behind the blue-and-white unification flag in a rare show of unity after the tensions of previous months - meaning the stunt could have been politically motivated, Agence France Presse reported.

Many South Koreans have been outraged that the two countries will field a joint women's hockey team and their leaders will engage in diplomatic gestures while North Korea routinely threatens violence.

In his New Year's address, Kim Jong Un extended an olive branch, vowing to prepare for his nation's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

President President Moon Jae-in told a packed stadium - and an worldwide audience of millions in 200 countries - that sport had the power to bring "reconciliation between East and West".

A senior administration official aboard Pence's airplane also told reporters that South Korea and Japan "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions".

The ceremony was also watched by South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, who had earlier shaken hands in an historic meeting.

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Pence and his wife, Karen, reportedly were the only people in that suite not to stand for the Korean delegation, which was made up of South Korean and North Korean athletes during the parade.

The anti-North Korea protests in South Korea have been ongoing in the lead up to the games.

Believed to be in her late 20s, Kim Yo Jong shares the same mother as the North Korean leader and is seen as controlling access to him.

Against this backdrop, the USA managed to hold the alliance together in order to get what it wanted, thanks to its military and economic powers.

The delegations shared a lunch of dried pollack dumpling soup, a regional specialty of the only divided province on the Korean peninsula, and soju, a spirit popular on both sides of the heavily militarised border.

She is the first immediate family member of North Korea's founder Kim Il Sung to ever set foot in the South.

"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate".