Behind the scenes with fake Kim Jong Un and Donald Trump

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The identity of the final torch-bearer, who will ignite the flame at the Olympic Stadium during the opening ceremony, is a closely guarded secret.

Athletes from South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) marched together under a unified Korean flag at the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics in South Korea's eastern county of PyeongChang on Friday.

Pence is leading the US delegation in Pyeongchang and has said he is open to meeting with North Korean officials.

But North Korea's bad record on human rights and the growing threat from its nuclear weapons program appeared out of mind as Moon warmly greeted Kim Yo Jong, the sister of dictator Kim Jong Un, and Kim Yong Nam, the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state.

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.

When asked whether the secretary general had any contact with Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo-jong, the spokesman replied that their direct communication was unlikely. "North Korea bombing, please".

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in shakes hands with Kim Yo Jong, Kim Jong Un's younger sister.

The significance of her trip to South Korea can't be underestimated.

In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger, suspicion and bloodshed.

South Korea and North Korea are still technically at war, with the 1950-53 war over the divided peninsula ending with an armistice and not a lasting peace treaty. North Korea has jumped at the opportunity.

"It's not a complete disaster", said James Schoff, former senior Pentagon adviser for East Asia policy. North Korea's involvement in the Olympics has been sparse, with their last Winter Olympics coming in 2010 in Vancouver. Moon who had been victimised in the past for advocating the peaceful reunification of the Koreas, insists on dialogue, despite the opposition of the United States, which has for over seven decades painted North Korea as the Devil's Empire that must be destroyed, if need be, with nuclear weapons.

"The fact that's become the narrative is due in part to things that he's said and his body language", Schoff said. He got fifteen years but like all other American convicts, was released within two years.

Pennington and Associated Press writer Jon Lemire contributed from Washington.