Speed, tricks and big air: What to watch at the Winter Olympics


If Moon accepts the offer, it would be the first time a South Korean president entered North Korea since 2007 - and the third time overall.

The delegation, which includes Kim's sister, Kim Yo-jong, is in South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

Moon quickly reacted to Kim's remarks, saying it was "a response to our proposal to turn the Pyeongchang Olympic Games into an epoch-making opportunity to improve inter-Korean relations and establish peace".

In an article titled "Shameful behavior using sacred Olympics for confrontational schemes", the ruling party's Rodong Sinmun daily accused Pence of "snobbishly" asking South Korea to arrange the Olympic events so that he wouldn't run into North Korean delegates. North Korea, which has been playing in world championships since 1999, is ranked just three spots below the South.

Pence said Friday the USA would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program.

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

Winter Olympics organizers say a cyberattack hit their computer servers during the opening ceremonies, Yonhap reported on Saturday. Individual athletes were invited to participate as "neutrals" if they could prove they had not used performance-enhancing drugs.

But most South Korean fans were fixated on the ice hockey, where the combined North and South women's team appeared at a packed Kwandong Hockey Center. Also on hand was US Vice President Mike Pence.

Afzal Guru saluted on his martyrdom day
All shops, businesses establishments, petrol pumps and private offices remained closed in Sopore and other places in the valley. Guru and Bhat were hanged to death inside New Delhi's Tihar Jail on February 9, 2013 and February 11, 1984, respectively.

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

Kim Jong Un's decision to dispatch his sister to the games indicated he is keen to mend ties with Seoul, while testing the unity among South Korea, the United States and Japan over sanctions imposed on the North over its missile and nuclear programs.

A South Korean and a DPRK female ice hockey player passed the Olympic flame to the final torchbearer Kim Yuna, who lit the Olympic cauldron at the main stadium. North Korea has tested a record number of missiles past year and has shown no interest in abandoning the country's nuclear program.

Since then, scenes of reconciliation between the two Koreas were seen under liberal South Korean presidents Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun but they disappeared over the past decade under the subsequent conservative governments of South Korea.

US Vice President Mike Pence has also dedicated much of his time in South Korea to emphasizing the North's human rights violations, and its status as a rogue nation.

"As an athlete myself it was a great honour for me to be the last torch bearer", she said.

She and Kim Yong Nam, the North's 90-year-old nominal head of state, were seated behind Moon and his wife, while Pence and his wife were seated beside the Moons and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.