North and South Korea enter Winter Olympics as one

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Fireworks erupt as the Olympic Cauldron is lit during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

Mr Pence stayed seated when South and North Korean athletes marched together under a unified flag, and also skipped a dinner with the North Korean delegation.

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.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has already invited his counterpart President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang.

South Koreans angry at North Korea's perceived "hijacking" of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics have sarcastically dubbed it the "Pyongyang Games", but it seems many really are struggling to differentiate between the two places.

Kim Yo Jong shook hands with Moon at the beginning of the ceremony.

"President Moon and President Trump are completely aligned in their objective for a nuclear free Korean Peninsula", Pence said.

The Winter Olympics are now officially underway in Pyeongchang, South Korea, after an opening ceremony marked by extreme chilliness-actual and metaphorical. She is on a United States sanctions list over alleged links to human rights abuses in North Korea. But North Korea's record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind. "We can not waver in our strategy for Japan, the USA and South Korea to work together to exert maximum pressure". He left the event early to attend a pre-scheduled dinner with American athletes, according to the South Korean president's office.

The trip has the potential to become something of a coming out party - certainly for Kim Yo- jong, but also for her deeply isolated country.

The two-week Winter Olympic games will kick off with the highly anticipated Opening Ceremony.

Meanwhile, in South Korea, there was the realization of the divide between an older generation who may still dream of reconciliation and younger people who are more cynical.

Although inter-Korean talks are occurring on the sidelines of the Olympics, Pence is confident that Seoul and Tokyo "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions", the official said.