Winter Olympics: human drama amid the fireworks as Games get under way


Although the United States and North Korea have been hurling threats at one another since Donald Trump stepped into office, South Korea remains a strong ally for the U.S.

Dressed in long, white padded jackets, they followed the flag with a blue silhouette of the Korean Peninsula against a white background.

But that's just what these two Americans, veterans of the 1950-1953 Korean War, did this week when they traveled to the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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.

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Pence was asked about Thursday's military parade in North Korea overseen by Kim Jong Un.

The comments by Pence also came on the same day he visited North Korean defectors, along with Fred Warmbier, the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died in the USA shortly after being released from North Korean custody in 2017.

It was in keeping with his determined effort to turn a cold shoulder to what he's called North Korea's "propaganda" around the games in South Korea. This was met with worldwide sanctions as well as a flurry of insults between President Donald Trump and North Korean state media.

Such a high-level meeting would have been unimaginable even a few months ago, but Moon sees the Winter Olympics as a chance to make diplomatic inroads with the North.

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"Most touching part was when the combined athletes of both North and South Korea walked in to raise their flag".

The Tongan's toughness wasn't the only opening-ceremony topic that resonated.

The Korean peninsula has been divided since the 1950-53 war and the two sides have never signed a peace treaty.

Earlier, a high-level North Korean delegation, led by Kim's sister arrived for a three-day visit.

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North and South Korea have always been at odds, so when athletes from both nations walked under the same flag at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday the world paid attention.