Diplomacy on show as 'Peace' Games begin


North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un has invited South Korea's President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang.

North Korea sent nearly 500 representatives, including athletes and 230 people state-sanctioned cheering team to PyeongChang to join with South Korea's delegates in an attempt for the rival nations to revive diplomatic communications.

She was the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South, while Kim Yong-nam was the most senior North Korean official to make a cross-border trip. "Our president wants to change our country to be a communist country right now", Thasik Park said.

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (back R) waves behind South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang on February 9, 2018.

South Korea's leadership has taken pains to say it is only doing what needs to be done.

"With regard to any interaction with the North Korean delegation, I have not requested a meeting, but we'll see what happens", Pence told reporters, according to the Associated Press. The U.S. delegation numbers 244 but not all athletes participated due to their training or competition schedules.

The two Koreas technically remain at war as the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty. The United States fought with South Korea and maintains tens of thousands of troops and an "ironclad" agreement to protect its ally. Luge athlete Erin Hamlin waved the flag with gusto, enjoying a moment that generated controversy earlier Friday when USA speedskater Shani Davis complained that he wasn't chosen.

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Could Pyeongchang's initial pitch - that it could contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula - actually become reality?

The ceremony was also notable for the absence of an official Russian delegation after Russia and the Russian Olympic Committee were banned from attending the Games over the doping scandal which rocked the last Winter Olympics, held in 2014 in Sochi, Russia.

Military and civilian experts have, however, warned against such a gamble given that North Korea retains massive conventional firepower to level Seoul and kill millions, including around 28,000 USA servicemen, in retaliation.

The two wannabe leaders posed for pictures together as a symbol of thawing relations between the two nations amid tension over nuclear weapons and North Korea's missile program.

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The two Koreas have a rocky and sometimes violent history at the Blue House.