North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, who is part of the country’s Olympic delegation to South Korea, shook hands with South Korea President Moon Jae-in in a symbolic handshake. The handshake, which took place near the beginning of the Olympics Opening Ceremony in PyeongChang Olympic Stadium, comes during tension between the two countries, but could be a sign of unity.
Athletes from North and South Korea marched together under the “unification flag” and will compete on a joint women’s hockey team in the 23rd Winter Olympics.
The move could anger the United States delegation, led by Vice President Mike Pence, but could also raise hopes for finding peace between the two nations that are technically still at war.
There were 30,000 people in the stadium for the Opening Ceremony, including a North Korean cheerleading squad and thousands of Korean dancers in a performance meant to highlight the theme of unity. When South Korea last hosted the Olympics in summer 1998, North Korea boycotted and plotted a terrorist attack on a passenger airplane in revenge for not co-hosting.