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Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

Koreas share historic handshake at Olympic opening ceremony

On Thursday, the two men met at the prime minister's home in Japan.

Moon has been trying to use the games as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of diplomatic stalemate and eventually pull it into talks over resolving the global standoff over its nuclear program.

Chinese President Xi Jinping's special envoy Han Zheng, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, rose from his seat and waved to the Chinese delegation which was led into the stadium by star short track speed skater and flagbearer Zhou Yang in the athletes parade.

South Korean authorities have tried to convince restaurants to change their menus or drop signs suggestive of dog meat during major worldwide events hosted by the country.

The Moons, Nam and Kim all stood again as athletes from both Koreas marched together behind a blue-and-white "unification" flag for the first time since 2007.

In the afternoon, Pence told reporters that he briefed Moon on planned U.S. sanctions on North Korea and had received the South Korean leader's backing.

"You will inspire us all to live together in peace and harmony despite all the differences we have", said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, before Moon declared the Games open.

He has been making a major diplomatic push toward South Korea since he announced a last-minute proposal to send the delegation of athletes, officials and entertainers to the Pyeongchang Games during his annual New Year's address. But while many nations wore long trousers and thick jackets, the delegation from Bermuda wore shorts, lead by athlete Tucker Murphy who is participating in cross-country skiing at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The US military has responded with a series of military drills near the North Korean border and Trump has fired his own series of insults at the tinpot dictator. The opening ceremony will be attended by the North Korean leader's sister and other senior officials.




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The greeting with Kim Yong-nam was Abe's first interaction with a member of Kim Jong-un's government.

Speculation emerged within Seoul that additional rendezvous between Moon and the North's Kim Yo Jong could be possible during the Olympics, according to South Korea's Munhwa Broadcasting Corp.

Pence has repeatedly left open the possibility of an encounter at the Games, but said the USA had not requested a meeting.

Earlier in the day, Mr. Pence reiterated a hard-line stance toward North Korea.

But Pence has not let up on the tough rhetoric he's been delivering since arriving in Asia.


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