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North and South Korea enter Winter Olympics as one

12 February 2018

Behind Pence was the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un. Moon had said "let's create conditions to make it happen", the official said, an indication that Moon was likely to accept the invitation.

The two Koreas also made a decision to use the unified flag and a Korean folk song, "Arirang", instead of the South's flag or anthem. But privately, officials said, Pence expressed concern to Moon about his more conciliatory tone toward North Korea. White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president's refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts.

Moon, who was seated in front of the North Korean delegation, was photographed shaking hands with a smiling Kim. Just a few years younger than her brother, she is believed to be his closest confidant and is a senior cadre in North Korea's ruling party.

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"This is the first time Mike Pence has been accused of being a snob", said an aide to the vice president, who was not authorized to speak publicly on the North Korean reports.

China has said it hopes the thaw in ties between North and South Korea over the Winter Olympics can be translated into regular talks between the two, and even to talks between Pyongyang and Washington. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally. The rhetoric war between North Korea and the Trump administration hasn't skipped a beat in Pyeongchang.

Officials have anxious about such attacks coming from North Korea amidst political tensions with South Korea, and Russian Federation following the country's ban from the games due to a systematic doping scheme.

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"The two Koreas have come a long way since 1988", recalled Park.

Neither the real Trump nor the real Kim have offered comments on the efforts of their impersonators. He first approached a performer singing a historic Korean folk song, then dancers during a portion celebrating Korea's technological innovation, before he was wrestled away by event security.

As athletes from the 92 countries competing in the Games marched in, shots from NBC's primetime coverage of the Opening Ceremony showed a large swath of empty seats behind him, giving the impression that turnout for the Opening Ceremony was low.

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North and South Korea enter Winter Olympics as one