Joint Korean march gave me goosebumps, says International Olympic Committee boss

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Later, he skipped a formal dinner at which he was due to share a table with North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam.

At a glittering but sub-zero ceremony, South and North Korea brought the crowd to its feet as they entered behind the blue-and-white Korean unification flag.

Vice President Mike Pence said Saturday there's "no daylight" among the U.S., South Korea and Japan on the need to keep the pressure on North Korea's regime, even as Pyongyang extended an invitation to South Korea's president for a rare visit.

Moon did not immediately accept the invitation.

Relations between the two Koreas are apparently improving after North Korea chose to join the Pyeongchang Olympics that began Friday, but Pyongyang has so far shown no sign of abandoning its missile and nuclear development programs.

They shook hands and cheered for athletes from the two countries who marched under a unified peninsula flag for the first time in a decade.

Pence is viewing the short-track competition, in which eight Americans are participating.

Hundreds of Twitter users in recent days have referred to "Pyongyang2018", and while some were making a dig at the presence of North Korea at the Games, in many cases it appears to have been a simple mix-up.

The North Korean delegation arrived in the South on Kim's private plane on Friday via Incheon global airport to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyongchang Winter Olympics where Seoul and Pyongyang are represented by joint teams.

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.

The spokesman says Moon replied that the North and South should continue to work to build conditions so that a summit can take place.

Forty-five-year-old ski jumping legend Noriaki Kasai, competing in his eighth Winter Olympics, placed 20th in the qualifying round of the men's normal hill jump on Thursday night at the Alpensia Ski Jumping Centre to clinch a spot in Saturday night's finals.

PYEONGCHANG-GUN, SOUTH KOREA - FEBRUARY 09: A general view as performers entertain during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at PyeongChang Olympic Stadium on February 9, 2018 in Pyeongchang-gun, South Korea.

As is Olympic tradition, Greece - which hosted the first modern Olympic games in 1896 - started the parade of athletes into PyeongChang Olympic Stadium.

The officials toasted with the Korean liquor "soju" and were served buckwheat and potato pancakes, dried pollock soup, grilled halibut and other dishes.

USA officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North.

The athletes elicited a standing ovation by most leaders in the VIP box, including Moon and Kim's sister.

The two-hour long opening ceremony of the first Winter Olympics in South Korea was held under the slogan, "Passion, Connected", reports the Yonhap news agency.

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