PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremonies

PyeongChang is 14 hours ahead of Toronto meaning you may need to wake up early or stay up quite late to catch your favourite events

PyeongChang is 14 hours ahead of Toronto meaning you may need to wake up early or stay up quite late to catch your favourite events

Pence said he didn't want to allow North Korea to "hijack" the games, and announced new sanctions to be unveiled against Pyongyang soon.

As for sharing Moon's box with the North Koreans, the officials said they knew in advance who was going to be in Moon's box to watch the opening ceremony.

That meant Pence was mere feet away from Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean head of state Kim Jong-un.

At a reception dinner prior to the opening ceremony in the evening, local TV footage showed Kim Yong Nam shaking hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and with Abe.

Three years later the conflict ended with a ceasefire rather than a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula divided by the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone and the two sides technically in a state of war.

The pair will have lunch with Moon at the Blue House on Saturday, Moon's office said.

Meanwhile, the North Korean art troupe, Samjiyon Orchestra, arrived in Seoul earlier in the day to hold a rehearsal for its next concert.

Under the current administration, Abe's adviser Isao Iijima met with Kim, North Korea's No. 2, back in May 2013.

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and said it had developed a missile capable of carrying a warhead to the United States.

US Vice President Mike Pence made only a brief appearance at a reception marking the start of the Winter Olympics on Friday, avoiding a potentially awkward encounter with the ceremonial leader of North Korea attending the same event.

Pence and the North Koreans have been an awkward presence at the Games to say the least. The North Koreans were in the room at the same time as Pence, an official said.

Anyone whose heart beats for peace on the peninsula extremely expects North and South Korea use this opportunity to set the stage for a rapprochement and hopefully a final reunification.

Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt worldwide efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program.

A Korean intruder was tackled by Olympic security and thrown out of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics opening ceremony after attempting to accost two performers, organisers said on Friday.

Moon said improved relations between the Koreas may be a step toward resolving the nuclear standoff.

It is rare for Japan's prime minister to communicate with a high-ranking official from North Korea's Workers' Party.

The two are easily confused, but there is a world of difference between them: Pyongyang is the capital of nuclear-armed North Korea, while Pyeongchang is the South Korean region hosting the Winter Olympics.

If it takes place, the meeting would be the first between two Korean leaders since October 2007.

Police (in green) try to stop demonstrators from burning portraits of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The sight of North and South Koreans marching together for the first time in a decade was the culmination of months of work by Seoul.

Contact was inevitable. And the unified entry of the Korean athletes at the opening ceremony presented a truly cringeworthy moment.

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