Plane carrying Kim Jong Un's sister lands in S.Korea

Plane carrying Kim Jong Un's sister lands in S.Korea

Athletes from South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) marched together under a unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics in South Korea's eastern county of PyeongChang on Friday. Earlier in the day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in shook hands and briefly chatted with North Korea's figurehead leader, Kim Yong-nam.

Dressed in long, white padded jackets, they followed the flag with a blue silhouette of the Korean Peninsula against a white background. Though, to be clear, this won't be North Korea's first visit to the Olympic Games since the war.

It marked the first time in 11 years that athletes from the two Koreas walked under a unified flag at the opening ceremony of an global sports event.

Alongside 22 athletes, Pyongyang has sent more than 400 delegates to the Games, including a team of cheerleaders and an orchestra.

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Moon, however, welcomed Kim enthusiastically, greeting her warmly when she entered the VIP box and then shaking her hand again when North and South Korean athletes entered the stadium together.

But a spokesman for the South's presidential Blue House said he arrived late, "exchanged greetings with those seated at the head table, and left without sitting down".

No question about Tonga's Pita Taufatofua's status, though. North Korea will compete in alpine skiing, figure skating, short track speed skating, and cross-country skiing.

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