Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

Just how high was demonstrated on Friday during the Opening Ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeonechang, South Korea, when the LPGA Hall of Famer was given a prominent role in the festivities. The athletes also waved smaller unified flags, smiling in front of thousands of spectators.

Neither approach inspired a goal from the home team, which went down 0-8, but it was clear who connected with the mainly young South Korean fans, who have grown up physically separated from the poor, one-party state to the North.

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

They added: "Kim Yong Nam, Kim Yo Jong and President Moon Jae In and his wife all stood up to wave to the players of the north and the south".

For North Korea, the visit invitation is the latest manifestation of a shift in tone, a dramatic departure from years of verbal hostilities and threats toward the USA and its neighbours.

"I leave here very confident that we are going to continue to do the things we know have to be done to continue to pressure North Korea to abandon their nuclear ambitions", Pence said.

For President Moon, the invitation is an affirmation of his desire to have North Korean participation at a "Peace Olympics", and marks another indication of détente after Mr. Kim, in a New Year's address, expressed a wish to "melt the frozen North-South relations".

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang, Seoul said yesterday, even as the United States warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.

As the North Korean squad chirped encouragement like "Unify the motherland!" and "Win, win, our athletes win!", the women from the south gyrated to pop music, exposing a cultural gap every bit as wide as the scoreline on the ice.

"A great example of this unifying power is the joint march here tonight of the two teams from the National Olympic Committees of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea. At this time we can not confirm (a cyberattack)", he said.

There was early criticism in South Korea that the new players would throw off team chemistry and cost South players time on the ice after working together for months to shine on the sport's biggest stage.

"Secretary-General Guterres has reiterated his expectation and hoped that all parties will use dialogue to achieve the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula", UN deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq said. Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim's outreach by offering talks.

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