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Even the official Olympics Twitter page is throwing it back to 20 years ago at the opening ceremony in Japan.

Cybersecurity researchers said in January they had found early indications that Russia-based hackers may be planning attacks against anti-doping and Olympic organisations in retaliation for Russia's exclusion from the Pyeongchang Games.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, the first Games held in South Korea in 30 years, officially opened on Friday with fireworks, song and symbolism featured amid celebrations of light, peace, and harmony.

Overnights for Pyeongchang also topped the opening ceremony for the 2016 Rio Summer games, which brought in a 16.5 and were the lowest overnight rating for a summer Olympics opening ceremony since 1992. KOREA Pool/Yonhap via REUTERS/FilesPresident of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea Kim Young Nam and Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, are greeted by South Korea's Prime Minister Lee Nak-yeon as they smile before a banquet in Seoul, South Korea February 11, 2018.

The two teams marched together at an Olympics opening ceremony for the first time since 2006.

Kim's unusual invitation, which was received by Moon with both caution and optimism, was the latest sign of growing closeness between the two rival governments after an exceptionally tense period over the North's nuclear weapons program. One banner seen at the rally even called on US President Donald Trump to bomb the North.

The United States and South Korea have agreed on terms for further diplomatic engagement with North Korea, first with Seoul and then possibly leading to direct talks with Washington without pre-conditions, Vice President Mike Pence said in a newspaper interview published on Sunday.

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"We are taking secure operations and, in line with best practice, we're not going to comment on the issue because it is an issue that we are dealing with", he said.

The Olympics-inspired detente mood flared after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly expressed his willingness to send an Olympic delegation.

North Korea has also been blamed for a series of cyber incidents including the WannaCry global ransomware attack, which infected 300 000 computers worldwide last May.

A senior White House official said Pence was not trying to avoid the delegation from North Korea but rather ignore them, according to the AP.

Pence's tweeted day-after position: 'The U.S. will not allow the propaganda charade by the North Korean regime to go unchallenged on the world stage'. In this case, South Korea's athletes will enter alongside their counterparts from North Korea, walking beneath a flag of unity, bearing the shape of the Korean Peninsula.

This item corrects that Kim Yo Jong is the leader's sister.

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