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WINTER OLYMPICS 2018: A united Korea lights up opening ceremony

10 February 2018

For the first time in over two decades, NBC's network broadcast is LIVE in all time zones - no more West Coast delay.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South, while Kim Yong Nam is the most senior North Korean official to make a cross-border trip.

A general view during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

The spectators included Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, and Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of DPRK's top leader Kim Jong Un.

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A former North Korean policeman - who defected to South Korea - said there is a good chance even the athletes' bathroom breaks will be monitored by informants who will be tasked with surveilling them 24/7.

Pence, who has been vocal in his criticism of North Korea in the run-up to the Games, sat just feet away.

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In a televised speech, Kim said that the parade marks North Korea's emergence as a "global military power" despite facing the "worst sanctions".

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So even though the United States may have literally kept its back turned on one of North Korea's most powerful people, it's good that leaders from the USA and North Korea can at least sit cordially alongside one another.

Unlike Pence, Abe shook hands with the North's titular head and chatted briefly with him. But Moon wants closer relations with North Korea as a way to build peace between the two countries.

But BTS was present in another form - their music was played during the opening ceremonies and the #BTSArmy was out in full force on Twitter. In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes, musicians and performers to the Olympics.

NBC* paid $963 million for the rights to air the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, a 24 percent jump over the $775 million it paid for the last Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

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Kim Jong Un's sister arrived at a train station Friday morning.

WINTER OLYMPICS 2018: A united Korea lights up opening ceremony