Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

They spoke of strengthening the military alliance between their countries to answer threats by North Korea.

South Korea expended around $12.26 billion on PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

But the theme of the opening ceremony was unity and rapprochement between the two Koreas, which have technically been at war for more than 50 years.

The plane was expected to return to the North and return to the airport on Sunday to pick up the delegation, according to the ministry. Some sporting events, like curling and ski jumping, began on Thursday.

Pence said his team had not requested a meeting, but that if it did happen, he would continue his message that North Korea must entirely abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile efforts and will remain under pressure until it does so.

She is on a USA sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea.

But South Korea's presidential Blue House said Pence had a meeting scheduled with USA athletes and had only planned to stay briefly to greet other officials.

The report said one potential date for a visit is August 15, the anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War II and the Korean Peninsula's liberation from decades of Japanese colonial rule.

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Mr Moon and Ms Kim shook hands at the opening ceremony.

Pence vowed this week to tighten sanctions on the North.

"I was told by a senior officer that before the Seoul Olympics we would take down a South Korean airliner", Kim Hyon Hui, the alleged bomber, told the BBC in 2013.

Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt worldwide efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program.

Pence arrived Friday in Pyeongchang to cheer on American athletes, but said he is warning the world against falling for the glossy image of the two Koreas as they are set to march in the opening ceremony under one flag.

In part, Moon said that to completely resolve the issue, there was a need for Japan to offer a honest apology to the former comfort women.

"They have to abandon their nuclear ambitions".

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.

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Kim Yong Nam is president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

South Korean authorities have tried to convince restaurants to change their menus or drop signs suggestive of dog meat during major worldwide events hosted by the country.

Kim Jong-un surprised many in his televised new-year speech, when - amid threats against the USA - he expressed support for the Winter Olympics and a wish to "melt the frozen North-South relations".

Kim Yo Jong earlier on Friday became the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

But he pointed out that whenever the North's state media reel off the names of officials who attend ceremonies, "Kim Yong Nam's name always comes next after that of Kim Jong Un". "Not only the leaders but also the rest of the performers will be punished for not reporting suspicious signs of a defector".

"The VP sat with Moon and Abe in the box after days of meetings with both leaders".

She was joined by other members of North Korea's delegation, including Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state, Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

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