Olympic opening ceremony hails united Korea sports teams

North Korea military parade

South Korean figure skating icon Kim Yu-na said Saturday it was a huge honor for her to light the Olympic cauldron at the opening ceremony for the 23rd Winter Games.

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

At the worldwide games the neighbouring countries are also set to have a single ice hockey squad - the first time the two nations have played on a team together.

The meeting took place after Kim Yo Jong and other North Korean delegates attending the Olympics' opening ceremony.

Kim Jong-un wanted to meet Moon "at an early date", a spokesman for the Blue House said.

There was United States vice president Mike Pence's warning that even though he was attending the opening ceremony, he wasn't going to enjoy himself (or something like that).

During their summit in South Korea on Friday, Abe told Moon that the military drills between Seoul and Washington should be carried out to change North Korea's behavior, the office said.

Vice President Mike Pence is cheering on USA speed skaters at the Winter Olympics, before departing South Korea for Washington on Saturday.

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"Moon is saying that although he is keen to reboot inter-Korean relations, the dialogue between the United States and the North is essential".

White House officials speaking with the press after the evening's Opening Ceremony pushed back on reports in the South Korean media that Pence had snubbed the North Koreans.

I love the Olympics more than pretty much anyone I know.

The two countries have also formed a joint women's hockey team, which consists of 23 South Koreans and 12 North Koreans. During the trip, Pence has kept up pressure on the north over its nuclear ambitions and human rights record. "South Korea will be attracted to that idea and Moon would want to keep the maintain the momentum after the games".

Pence had said all week that if he met with the North Koreans, he would deliver a tough message. They have to end the day of provocation and menacing. "And I can assure you that your witness of that truth today will be heard across the world".

It was a historic moment, marking the first walking together in 11 years of the two countries' athletes under the same flag at the opening ceremony of an global sports event. US officials have not ruled out the possibility that the vice president might meet a North Korean official at the Olympics. "And he is encouraging both sides to come together". North Korea has tested a record number of missiles a year ago and has shown no interest in abandoning the country's nuclear program.

The parade which featured the 92 nations participating in the Olympics including hosts Korea, was a celebrating of Korean culture and the spirit of the Olympic games.

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