Kim's sister in South Korea on landmark Olympic visit

Kim's sister in South Korea on landmark Olympic visit

Kim's sister in South Korea on landmark Olympic visit

But tensions between the North and the United States, a South Korean ally, sparked by the Pyongyang's recent ballistic missile and nuclear weapons tests have cast a long shadow over the Games. What we witnessed in Pyongyang, and we witnessed again yesterday, on the eve of the Olympics - what [South Korean] President Moon [Jae-in] said last night, he hopes will be an Olympics of peace - was once again an effort on the part of the regime in Pyongyang to display their ballistic missiles, to display a military that continues to make menacing threats across the region and across the wider world.

It's not as if peace has suddenly broken out - and the two Koreas are still officially at war, a war which goes back to the division of the peninsula into two in the 1950s.

Arriving on her brother Kim Jong Un's white private jet for a three-day visit, Kim Yo Jong and the country's 90-year- old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam are scheduled to meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in tomorrow in a luncheon at Seoul's presidential palace.

Both North and South Korea are due to march together under a "unification flag" at the opening ceremony on Friday.

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NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage of the PyeongChang Games - the most ever for a Winter Olympics . Two members of the mixed North and South Korean women's hockey team together carried the Olympic torch up to the cauldron.

With the name of each country written in Hangeul, the teams were led by a placard bearer dressed in snowflake decorations and accompanied by a child holding a traditional lantern.

Another 168 Russians have been invited as "Olympic Athletes from Russia", competing in neutral uniforms under the Olympic flag.

And there was a big cheer for Tonga lone competitor Pita Taufatofua, who appeared topless in a traditional Tongan skirt as he did when he appeared at the 2016 Rio Games.

Kim Yo Jong, believed to be around 30, is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the Korean War.

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He said the International Olympic Committee "has not only failed to protect clean athletes but has made it possible for cheating athletes to prevail against the clean athletes". "Only then will your lifelong memories be the memories of a true and worthy Olympian". North Korean state media on Thursday said there was no intention on the North Korean side for such talks to take place.

North Korea's ceremonial leader and Pence are set for their first face-to-face encounter on Friday when they attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Great Britain's team consists of 58 competitors, with short track speed skater Elise Christie and freestyle skiers James Woods and Izzy Atkin all in with good chances of picking up medals.

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