North and South Korea in historic meeting at Winter Olympics

Refugee Olympic Team's Rose Nathike Lokonyen leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Refugee Olympic Team's Rose Nathike Lokonyen leads her delegation during the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Maracana stadium in Rio de Janeiro

Vice President Mike Pence, in an exclusive interview with NBC's "Nightly News", vowed that the US would protect itself from North Korean nuclear threats by taking whatever "action is necessary to defend our homeland".

The game against Switzerland is sold out and there are rumors that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister might attend.

"We thank you. All the athletes around me, all the spectators here in the stadium, and all Olympic fans watching around the world... we are all touched by this wonderful gesture". In an effort to de-escalate tensions on the Korean Peninsula, North Korea has sent a 500-person delegation of athletes, musicians and performers to the Olympics.

After a conversation with high officials from the Unification Ministry, the delegation hopped on a train to go to Pyeongchang, where the "peaceful Olympics" began.

"While again expressing his support for our government's policy, (Guterres) said the United Nations will closely cooperate with the country so our government's efforts will lead to the denuclearization of North Korea and establishment of sustainable peace, also noting that peaceful denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula is one of key objectives of the United Nations secretary-general in 2018", it said.


"We get along personally, so I believe Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un, if they talk, they'd probably get along". The opening ceremony will offer at least some hints about that, and maybe more.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam.

Her visit is being seen as a sign that Kim Jong-un is serious about improving ties with the South, the BBC's South Korea correspondent Laura Bicker reports. "Because in my opinion, they're pretty much the same person", he said, according to The Hill. "Doesn't everyone want peace?"

She was on hand for the opening ceremony which saw the Korean teams enter under a unified flag.

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.

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