(Pyeongchang Games) Hopes raised for Korean unity

Friday, February 09, 2018

South Korean President Moon Jae In has declared the Winter Olympics open during a ceremony that featured the rival Koreas joining hands and marching together under one flag (pictured) in the small ski resort town in eastern South Korea.

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.

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.

More than 2,900 athletes from 92 countries will compete in the Pyeongchang Games, making it the biggest Winter Olympics to date.-AP