Koreas Share Handshake at Olympic Games Opening

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and U.S. Vice President Mike Pence meet at the South's presidential office Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul on Feb. 8 2018

In 1951, 17-year-old Jack Keep enlisted in the U.S. Navy, and in early 1953 was assigned to Task Force 77 as a petty officer aboard a ship patrolling the North Korean coast. For the first time, they will compete together under a unified flag.

This does not mean that North Korean athletes have not used the Olympic Games as an opportunity to defect into South Korea before.

The main torch is lit up during the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games held at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, South Korea, Feb. 9, 2018.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the Games open at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium following a speech by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) chief, Thomas Bach, who stressed the Games can send "a powerful message of peace to the world".

Representing the NK President Kim Jong Un will be his sister, Kim Yo-jong, marking the Kim family's first official summit meeting since 2007.

As they shook hands, the North and South Koreans spoke briefly.

The unified team will face Switzerland, the victor of the bronze medal at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi and current world No. 6.

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Kim, who is said to be very close to her brother, was promoted to the North's powerful politburo previous year. The ceremonies took place as the world looks for clues about the peninsula's future while North Korea continues its nuclear and missile activities.

The Korean peninsula has been divided since the 1950-53 war and the two sides have never signed a peace treaty.

With many people asleep in America, a cold opening ceremony was getting underway in South Korea.

The IOC in December banned Russian Federation from the Games over doping in the country that included massive manipulation of doping samples at the Sochi Olympics and more than 1,000 athletes across several sports.

On his left lapel Kim wore a badge depicting the North's founder Kim Il Sung and his son and successor Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's father.

The real Trump did not attend the Olympic Games, but Vice President Pence is in South Korea as part of the USA delegation.

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