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11 February 2018, 02:59 | Joan Schultz

A new feature on Snapchat will live stream key moments during the Winter Olympics

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The 22-member delegation includes the North Korean leader's sister, Yo-jong, who is also a key propaganda official of the ruling Workers' Party.

As the two Koreas marched together in sub-zero temperatures, South Korea's president shared a historic handshake with Kim Jong Un's sister as the Games marked a thaw in the often frosty relations on the peninsula.

A handful of sports had previously begun qualifying rounds or actual competition, but the Opening Ceremony serves as an occasion for athletes to gather and celebrate their similarities, rather than their differences and rivalries.

Kim Yo Jong shook hands with Moon at the beginning of the ceremony.

The 23rd Winter Olympics in South Korea's eastern county of Pyeongchang had generated great interest as the world awaits to see if the leaders of the two Koreas meet at the opening ceremony of the games on Friday or after.

The games have not reduced the USA -led worldwide pressure on North Korea to give up its nuclear and long-range missile program that is threatening America and the world.

"South Korea wants easing of tensions and dialogue with North Korea in order to prevent an outbreak of war due to misjudgment", Mr. Cheong said. They stressed the North Koreans in the VIP box had watched Pence, Moon and Abe hold a running discussion in the front row for the more than two-hour ceremonies. According to press reports, White House strategists have argued that "limited strike on a missile launch site or other select targets" might convince North Korea about the seriousness of USA intent and discourage further escalation.

When athletes from North and South Korea entered together, the background music was the traditional folk song "Arirang". The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said. The North Koreans have invited Moon to visit Pyongyang in what would be the third inter-Korean summit talks since their 1945 division.

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With the '2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics' finally here, all eyes were fixed (or should I say ears) as trendy K-Pop music rang throughout the grand facility.

Mr Moon has previously said he will need reassurance from the North that it would help resolve the nuclear crisis.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un speaks during the Second Plenum of the 7th Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) at the Kumsusan Palace of the Sun, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang October 8, 2017.

Pence, who sat next to his wife Karen, studiously avoided Kim, who was seated with Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state, the VP's office said. The delegation bid farewell to late South Korean President Kim Dae-jung.

South Korea, however, has coveted a North Korean presence at the Olympics for a long time, and it's unlikely it was not prepared for this moment, said John Furlong, who was CEO of the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from US aggression.

On an evening of optics, for those sitting in the stadium, that message carried at least as far as the smoke from the many fireworks that were uncorked here.

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