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Kim Yo Jong, the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is among a 500-strong North Korean delegation visiting the South following an abrupt thaw in relations between the rival Korea's in the run-up to the Games.

Moon has been pressing the North to engage with the USA to de-escalate tensions between the countries, which have been fueled by a string of nuclear tests that were met with strong rhetoric from President Donald Trump.

Pyeongchang 2018 Olympics: The day in picturesParticipants perform during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

On Thursday, fireworks lit up the sky and goose-stepping soldiers and ballistic missiles paraded through the North Korea capital to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the country's armed forces.

The delegation is led by the North Korean ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam, the highest ranked Northern official ever to visit the South.

After the game, the top North Korean officials and the South Korean president joined Bach in greeting the Korean players and posing for pictures with them.

Landing without a valid visa, he was interrogated for five hours by North Korean customs officials and fined USD500.

Pence was scheduled to leave for the United States on Saturday night.

The spokesman says Moon also called for a quick resumption of dialogue between the United States and North Korea.

"The North Koreans should understand that for a summit or any kind of serious talks to occur, Moon needs to be able to take something to Washington - something that addresses denuclearization", he said before the North's invitation to Moon was announced. But the Trump administration insists any negotiations must include the worldwide community's demands that the North abandon its nuclear weapons program.

Otto Warmbier died in June 2017, 18 months after he was taken in to North Korean custody for allegedly stealing a poster. She's the first family member of the Kim dynasty to set foot in the south. "The world cannot turn a blind eye to the oppression & threats of the Kim regime".

Pence came to the table and shook hands with all of the VIPs on the head table except Kim Yong Nam, and left the reception five minutes later.

Hamlin, who will retire after the Games, became the first American female luger to win an Olympic medal when she won bronze in Sochi four years ago.

"It didn't affect the opening ceremony", Park said.

The North Korean leader in turn has called Trump a "dotard" and threatened to fire missiles into the waters near the Pacific Island of Guam past year. "No one else in leadership can bring messages directly to Kim Jong Un".

Pyongyang is believed to be maintaining its policy of pursuing weapons of mass destruction to make the United States accept the continuation of the country's hereditary regime.

North Korea's cheerleaders don masks during a routine.

"Both tracks doable but tight ally coordination key", she wrote on Twitter. The pair signed a peace declaration calling to end the armistice with a permanent treaty, but progress stalled and the two sides remain in a stalemate.

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