'Trump' and 'Kim' thrown out of the 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony

But ahead of the Games, skiing, snowboarding and skating have taken a back seat as Lee and other Olympic officials expressed hope that sports might pave the way toward better relations between the North and South.

The unified ice hockey team for the Pyeongchang Olympics is a product of a landmark thaw between the rival Koreas following a year of high tensions over the nuclear-armed North's weapons ambitions.

Critics - among them US Vice President Mike Pence and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe - warn of a charm offensive by Pyongyang, which mounted a military parade on Thursday in a show of strength. Will the North Korean cheerleading team?

The invitation puts Mr Moon in a hard position as he had promised to engage with the North, but his USA ally is cautious of Seoul falling for North Korea's charm offensive.

Two players, one South Korean and the other North Korean, appeared on the opening ceremony and climbed stairs together with the Olympic torch that they handed to Olympic champion figure skater Yuna Kim.

GANGNEUNG, South Korea - North and South Korea competed together for the first time at an Olympics on Saturday, February 10, as the first of 102 gold medals were decided against a fast-moving backdrop of diplomatic maneuvering. He said Moon also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

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Local media in South Korea initially reported that the technical disruptions were caused by some sort of cyberattack, but Olympic Games spokesman Sung Baik-you said there is no such evidence of such activity, at least not yet. It was the only documentation on the table on the North Korean side.

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un has invited President Moon Jae In to visit his country "as soon as possible" through his sister and special envoy Kim Yo Jong in a move that could lead to a third inter-Korean summit, the South Korean presidential office said Saturday. White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president's refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts. The unified Korean team also marched together in a lovely display under a unification flag but the show stealer was Pita Taufatofua-who competed in taekwondo in Rio's Summer Games and is in Pyeongchang to compete in cross-country skiing-for reprising his bare-chested appearance as flag bearer for Tonga.

President Donald Trump's administration has taken a hard line on North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile program, saying there is no room for negotiations unless Pyongyang abandons it.

The South Korean President also stressed the need for the Communist North to resume its dialogue with the US.

Kim Yo Jong and Kim Yong Nam arrived Friday afternoon, leading a senior delegation. Warming ties between the Koreas could complicate Seoul's ties with Washington, which wants to maximize its pressures on Pyongyang.

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