Winter Olympics: Korean athletes under unified flag at opening march


The considerable difference in time zones meant that NBC's coverage of the event was delayed by more than 12 hours, and early returns for the three-plus hours have it holding up pretty well from the kick-off to the last Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison.

"All the parties concerned have welcomed this invitation to North Korea...", he said.

There was U.S. vice president Mike Pence's warning that even though he was attending the opening ceremony, he wasn't going to enjoy himself (or something like that).

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Dismissing the historic opening created by North and South Korea , Pence handled the situation instead like a childish teenager. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang, Seoul said Saturday.

The PyeongChang 2018 website wasn't working before the Friday night games, making it impossible to access event tickets and crucial information. Moon called for efforts to "create the right conditions to realise" such a visit, his spokesman said, urging Pyongyang to more actively seek dialogue with the US.

The vice president came to Pyeongchang to cheer on American athletes but also keen to warn against falling for the glossy image of the two Koreas who marched in the opening ceremony under one flag.

Pence and Moon took two very different diplomatic approaches to the North Korean delegation's attendance at the games in Pyeongchang.

"For our side, for the sports side, this dialogue will continue.", he said, adding that the IOC was in constant dialogue with North Korea's national Olympic committee.

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The previous meetings came after rounds of global talks aimed at eliminating the North's nuclear program, which eventually failed. Another focal point is whether Kim Yo Jong has any message for Moon from her brother.

North Korea is sending 22 athletes, including the Alpine skiers, to Pyeongchang thanks to special entries given by the International Olympic Committee amid rare reconciliation mood between the rival Koreas.

The Winter Olympics typically see a bit more ratings vacillation than its summer counterpart. That display of unity comes after sustained overtures made by South Korea's president Moon Jae-in.

The Olympics-inspired detente mood flared after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un abruptly expressed his willingness to send an Olympic delegation.

Outside the stadium ahead of the unified Korea Ice Hockey team's first official match of the Olympics, young and old waved the flag as well.

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