The Latest: Pence wrapping up Olympic visit to South Korea

Domingo, 11 Feb, 2018

The two North Koreans are on a landmark visit to the South amid a flurry of abrupt reconciliation steps, and both attended the opening ceremony before having a luncheon with Moon at Moon's presidential palace earlier Saturday.

Fans unfurled a large banner reading "We are one" after the game and then IOC President Thomas Bach and South Korean President Moon Jae-in joined the powerful sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un, Kim Yo Jong, and Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state, for photos with the team.

After arriving at the South's ultramodern Incheon International Airport- the North's flagship airline is subject to sanctions - she traveled to Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony, where the North and South Korean athletes marched together behind a blue-and-white "unification" flag for the first time in more than a decade. At the same time, the vice-president has deliberately left the door open to a possible encounter with North Korean officials expected to be in attendance.

Japan and South Korea share a bitter history that includes Japan's 1910-45 colonisation of the peninsula and the "comfort women" issue is especially touchy. He added his hope that it becomes "a venue that leads to dialogue for the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula".

They were seated not far from a section of North Korean cheerleaders who are attending the Olympics in a sign of warming ties between the two Koreas that Pence and other U.S. officials have warned against.

Moon, in a statement, said athletes from North and South will "work together for victory".

The shows will only take place during the mornings due to the 15-hour time difference between the U.S. and South Korea.

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Kim Yo Jong has been rapidly rising within the North's power structure and is believed to be in charge of shaping her brother's public persona.

Pence has meant to use his trip to the Olympics to caution the South against "falling for" the North's overtures, which in the past have been used as stall tactics to allow for continued development of its nuclear program. The opening ceremony offered at least some hints about that, and maybe more.

Moon's office says Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, came to the South as his special envoy.

Won says he's not deterred by the setbacks.

The North has sent nearly 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games including officials, athletes, artists and cheerleaders after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures to mark the games.

South Korean television is showing a smiling President Moon Jae-in entering a reception room and shaking hands with North Korean delegates, including leader Kim Jong Un's sister.

Security for anything involving the North Koreans has been exceptionally tight.

For security reasons, few details of Kim Yo Jong's three-day itinerary have been made public.

We got close to the North inside of negotiation huts - where a flag on a table was placed on the exact border between North and South Korea.

"Unlike the United States, we do not engage in dirty and messy acts to abuse sports events like the Olympics for political purposes", the newspaper said in an article attributed to an unnamed writer.

Fielding the joint hockey team was one of the key agreements reached after several rounds of talks on how to cooperate during the Olympics, which run through Feb. 25.