'Too soon' to tell if Korean Olympic thaw will last: Mattis

Delegations from North Korea and South Korea march under the Korean unification flag during the Parade of Nations at the opening ceremony of the Pyeong Chang 2018 Winter Olympic Games

The opening ceremony offered at least some hints about that, and maybe more.

The North's delegation to the Games also includes the country's ceremonial head of state as well as hundreds of female cheerleaders.

The significance of Pence and the North Koreans sitting in the same box was not immediately clear.

In return North Korea's dear leader today invited President Moon to talks in Pyongyang, in a hand-written leader delivered by his sister.

Kim Yo Jong said she hopes to see Moon in Pyongyang soon so that he and her brother could "exchange views over many issues", which she said would make "North-South relations develop like yesterday was a long time ago".

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit.

Kim Yo Jong, 28, is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North's idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War. Her winning time was 40 minutes, 44.9 seconds.

"The Olympics are a time when the sports and entertainment industries are buzzing with record-setting performances, so it was the ideal stage for Intel Shooting Star drones and our team to set their own kind of record", said Intel's Natalie Cheung in a press statement. One man held up a sign that read, "The peace of all mankind".

Many observers remain suspicious of North Korea's intentions, given the regime's history of brutality and aggression.

"And I think we will excel as one unified team, not just in sports, but in other areas as well". Athletes from North and South paraded together during the ceremony in the same white parkas, marching under a single "unification flag" depicting an undivided peninsula to the tune of their shared traditional folk song "Arirang" instead of their respective anthems.

Bach lauded the joint march of the two Koreas as a "powerful message". As the world-record holder in the 1,500 since November 2015, Bergsma has set her sights on reaching the podium in PyeongChang after coming up short at both the 2010 Vancouver Games and the 2014 Sochi Games.

North Korea is sending 22 athletes, including the Alpine skiers, to Pyeongchang thanks to special entries given by the International Olympic Committee amid rare reconciliation mood between the rival Koreas.

It was always going to be a monumental task for either Korea to beat Switzerland, much less a unified team that had only a few weeks of practice together.

As the opening ceremony unfolded in PyeongChang, television cameras were fixed on Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of dictator Kim Jong Un. They then posed for a team photo with the players. "We are excited for the tournament to get started". Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the US government. But if you want to talk, well talk.

After Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu take to the ice for the men's free skate and women's free skate respectively, ice dance siblings Maia and Alex Shibutani will represent the U.S.in the free dance.



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