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The sister of the North Korean leader on February 9 2018 became the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

The Winter Olympics sparked to life in a vivid, colourful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea on Friday, though the diplomacy was tougher to choreograph in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea-It was a historic moment, and it happened even before the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics had officially begun.

Now, Kim Jong Un is dropping his sister Kim Yo Jong into the Games to act as North Korean goodwill ambassador which has most South Koreans wondering at what point did their Winter Games get hijacked?

The organisers were said to have given 4,000 of the phones to athletes attending the Pyeongchang Games.

South Korea's president held landmark talks with the North's ceremonial head of state and the sister of its leader Kim Jong Un Saturday, even as the USA warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.

Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures.

For Pak, her role was serving as one of the eight athletes to carry the host nation's flag during the Opening Ceremony.

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She brought home the bronze medal in Sochi's 2014 Winter Olympics.

That said, these officials said that if the North Koreans had approached Pence with pleasantries, he would have responded in kind.

Critics say that South Korea while cooperating with its rival over the Olympics allowed itself to play into the hands of the North which is apparently trying to use the games to weaken sanctions.

He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

"Everybody make some noise!" two pre-ceremony emcees shouted in English and Korean as spectators streamed into the Olympic Stadium before the ceremony.

Their white Ilyushin-62 jet - marked in Korean script "Democratic People's Republic of Korea", the North's official name, and its tailfin emblazoned with a Northern emblem - touched down at Incheon airport near Seoul. "I want to still be alive for my race", he said. "The two countries first displayed the flag at the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships and most recently at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy", according to Vox.

Pence spent the days leading up to Friday's opening ceremonies warning that the North was trying to "hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games" with its "propaganda".

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