Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Sports | By Brett Lawson

International Olympic Committee hails two Koreas' handshakes at opening ceremony as 'historic moment'

International Olympic Committee hails two Koreas' handshakes at opening ceremony as 'historic moment'

South Korean President Moon Jae-in hosted the reception at a hotel in Yongpyeong, just east of the host city of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games.

She was accompanied by Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state.

After sitting at a table, Kim Yo Jong placed a blue document folder in front of her.

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.

Ms Kim is thought to be about 30 years old, around four years younger than her brother.

The North's KCNA news agency, reporting on a military parade in Pyongyang the previous day, introduced armed forces minister Kim Jong Gak as vice marshal and director of the military's General Political Bureau - a post previously held by Hwang. The article reiterated that the North's decision to send delegates to the South had nothing to do with an attempt to approach the United States for talks.

The games have turned into an opportunity to cool tensions between the two Koreas, after initial doubt that North Korea would participate at all.

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In October 2007, then South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun met with DPRK leader Kim Jong Il in Pyongyang, marking the second summit between the two Koreas since 2000.

Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, is leading North Korea's delegation to the Olympics. They were stopped and most were killed near the palace, which was newly rebuilt in 1991.

Not everybody was so taken by the show of Korean unity, with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence remaining seated as the North and South Koreans entered the stadium. "But he stayed there the entire time. and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling". It was not immediately known what they said, but all of them were smiling.

"We have some players that are not 100 percent healthy yet", she said.

In a meeting hours before Friday's opening ceremony, Abe warned Moon not to fall for North Korea's "smile diplomacy" during the Olympics, according to Moon's office. The result: a heady, sometimes surreal, state of affairs in a South Korea that has seen far more threat than charm out of the North.

Governor Choi told reporters that the North's delegation expressed hope that inter-Korean relations can move forward at a faster pace. It was built in the 1960s as a luxury facility for USA troops stationed in the South.

Later on Saturday, Moon and Kim Yong-nam will attend the first ice hockey match played by teams from both the sides, according to reports.

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