It's more than a game for Korea

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Kim Yo-jong, the first member of Pyongyang's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War, accompanied Kim Yong-nam, North Korea's ceremonial head of state, to the meeting.

Dark chocolate tempered in the shape of barbed wire lay over a map of the Korean peninsula rendered in thin blue chocolate, a representation of the heavily militarized border that separates Games host South Korea and its old enemy in the North.

According to Seoul's presidential office, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's invitation to Moon was conveyed by his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, during Moon's meeting with the North Korean delegation at Cheong Wa Dae on Saturday.

At the opening ceremony for the Games, Mr Pence, Kim Yo-jong and Kim Yong-nam were seated in close proximity to each other.

But away from the spotlight, these two unwanted guests, men dressed as North Korea supreme leader and the U.S. president, were escorted away from the premises.

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.

Kim Yo Jong arrived here Friday as part of a delegation to the Olympics. In January 1968, Kim Yo Jong's grandfather, founding North Korean president Kim Il Sung, sent a squad of North Korean commandos to Seoul who tried unsuccessfully to kill then-president Park Chung-hee.

At the age of 30, Kim Yo Jong is quite possibly the most powerful woman in North Korea.

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They were seated not far from a section of North Korean cheerleaders who are attending the Olympics in a sign of warming ties between the two Koreas that Pence and other USA officials have warned against.

"Moon is saying that although he is keen to reboot inter-Korean relations, the dialogue between the United States and the North is essential".

It was not immediately reported whether the North Korean leader's sister would attend the evening match against Switzerland.

"You must have had a hard time due to the cold weather", Moon said as he greeted Kim Yo-jong, referring to the frigid temperatures during Friday's opening ceremony.

The Korean athletes, as they did in 2000, 2004 and 2006, walked into the stadium as a unified team. International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach called it "a very emotional moment", one that gave him "goosebumps".

On one side of the arena, about 75 North Korean cheerleaders dressed in matching red with white caps made noise from the opening faceoff.

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

Shoma Uno performs his short program during the figure skating team event at the Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday in Gangneung, South Korea.