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What you missed in PyeongChang last night: An opening night to remember

South Korean President Moon Jae-in talks with President 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 during their meeting in Seoul What you missed in PyeongChang last night: An opening night to remember
Patty Aguilar | 12 February, 2018, 03:10

"Kim exchanged warm greetings with Moon and had a photo session with him".

While the athletes in North and South Korea seem to be putting their differences aside to come together for the Winter Games, Pence is holding his ground.

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.

According to reports, Ms Kim left a note at the palace expressing hope that "Pyongyang and Seoul will become closer in the heart of Koreans" and for "unification and prosperity in the near future".

But the United States and Japan have warned against North Korea's "smile diplomacy", through which Pyongyang is apparently trying to weaken worldwide economic sanctions against it by getting close to South Korea.

Heralding Peace on the Korean Peninsula? In a speech that Kim gave on New Year's Day, in which he first raised the possibility of the North participating in the Olympics, he vowed to "mass-produce" nuclear weapons and missiles.

The opening ceremony for the 2018 Winter Olympics aired last night, February 9, and amid the reactions to the event's music, the return of Tonga's shirtless flag-bearer, and the emerging memes, some people are calling attention to Vice President Mike Pence's behavior in the stands.

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The 28-year-old is a crucial part of the North's Games delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state. So far, the South Korean President seems keen to take up his North Korean counterpart's offer, which comes as no surprise.

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North Korea's move was estimated as a "charm offensive", with media outlets saying that Pyongyang could hardly have chosen a better ambassador than Kim Yo-jong.

Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

Moon has said he hopes to be able to set the conditions to hold a summit between the two leaders in the North. A joint ice hockey team, comprising of both North and South Korean players will take part in the Winter Games.

Speculation is rife that during Saturday's luncheon meeting between Moon and the North Korean delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, the president could be invited to Pyongyang sometime this year.

A senior USA official said Pence and Moon, while watching speed skating together on Saturday night, discussed intensifying sanctions.

"What we'd like to achieve, by coming to South Korea... is to show the world that this is what peace could look like when two leaders get along", Howard told the paper. Dozens of South Koreans at the airport tried to snap photographs of her on their mobile phones.

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