Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony spotlights historic North Korean visit

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The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics officially kicked off Friday, with fans braving extreme cold to attend the opening ceremony. North Korea and South Korea were marching under one flag, setting aside recently rising tensions for what Seoul is billing as Games dedicated to peace. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s sister and close confidant, Kim Yo Jong, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in during the ceremony, starting a three-day visit that is the first to the South by a member of the North’s ruling family since the Korean War. Just before the opening ceremony, the North’s senior statesman, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam, attended a dinner hosted by Moon that was also attended by Vice President Mike Pence, on hand to counter North Korea’s charm offensive.

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