PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (CBSNewYork/AP) — South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics open during a ceremony Friday that featured the rival Koreas joining hands and marching together.
More than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries will compete in the Pyeongchang Games, making it the biggest Winter Olympics to date. Pyeongchang was awarded the games seven years ago and says it’s ready for the world.READ MORE: Mayor De Blasio Criticized For Not Speaking To Inmates, Correction Officers During Visit To Rikers Island
The games are taking place amid an international standoff over North Korea’s nuclear weapons. But Pyongyang’s decision to send a high-level delegation, including leader Kim Jong Un’s sister, to the Olympics has raised hopes in the South for rapprochement.READ MORE: Rutgers University's COVID Vaccine Mandate Will Stay In Place, Federal Judge Rules
The North has sent nearly 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and cheerleaders, after the Koreas agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures to mark the games.
Kim Jong Un’s sister arrived at a train station Friday morning. She is the first member of North Korea’s ruling family to visit the South since the end of the Korean War in the early 1950s.
Vice President Mike Pence sat just one row in front of Kim Yo Jong at the Opening Ceremony.MORE NEWS: Caught On Video: Community Refrigerator Stolen Off Midwood Street In Broad Daylight
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