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Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

10 February 2018

Then the air was filled with a well-known ballad of sorrow and separation.

A Nike representative said members of the joint Korean women's hockey team competing in Pyeongchang will not wear uniforms manufactured by the Oregon-based company due to concerns about the sanctions.

Yet obstacles were evident even amid the outreach.

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.

"And to recognize that whatever images may emerge against the powerful backdrop and idealism of the Olympics, North Korea has to accept change", Pence told reporters at a South Korean naval base before heading to the Olympic Games venue. They both donned the red, white, and blue Team USA winter jackets.

And as protesters raged against the presence in Pyeongchang of North Korean athletes and dignitaries, including Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, the two fake leaders were given a warm reception by stunned onlookers.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office says his lunch meeting with senior North Korean officials including leader Kim Jong Un's sister has ended.

As they shook hands, the North and South Koreans spoke briefly.

It is extremely rare for a Japanese prime minister to communicate with a high-ranking official from North Korea's ruling party.

On Friday, Games organizers POCOG said: "A letter was today sent from POCOG President Mr Lee Hee-beom to the Chef de Mission of the National Olympic Committee of the Islamic Republic of Iran to apologize for the misunderstanding regarding the distribution of mobile phones to the Iranian athletes". The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said.

Providing fuel to the ferry would have been a hard decision for Seoul because of concerns that North Korea is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in global sanctions against the country over its nuclear and missile programs.

Several days of violent demonstrations were held outside Seoul's Yonsei University in opposition to the South Korean government.

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A focus on diplomacy comes as a striking contrast to the last six months of the crisis over North Korea's unsanctioned nuclear program, which saw threats of war lobbed back and forth between Kim Jong Un and President Trump. North Korean TV only aired delayed footage when it usually broadcasts it live, perhaps an attempt to keep the parade low key.

The heavily militarized demarcation line that separates North and South Korea passes less than 100 kilometres from the opening-ceremony stadium.

FILE PHOTO: Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea (L), attends the 17th Non-Aligned Summit in Porlamar, Venezuela September 17, 2016.

The protester was ejected from the ceremony in Pyeongchang, during the opening ceremony.

The 2018 Winter Games are underway in PyeongChang, South Korea.

The 2018 Winter Olympics have officially kicked off.

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Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony