Greater than only a sport, Koreans win in lopsided Olympic…

South Korean hockey coach Jim Paek and his family

South Korean hockey coach Jim Paek and his family

CNN's favorable description of Kim, who shares both parents with North Korea's leader and is one of his closest confidants, was in contrast to the remarks by South Koreans the network interviewed.

The 28-year-old is a crucial part of the North's Games delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state.

The invitation was made by Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, during a historic meeting between North and South Korean officials at Seoul's presidential palace Saturday, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

As for sharing Moon's box with the North Koreans, the officials said they knew in advance who was going to be in Moon's box to watch the opening ceremony.

The father of American college student Otto Warmbier, who died shortly after being released from prison in North Korea a year ago, has said the North is "not really participating" in the Winter Olympics. The parties have also reiterated their desire to boost cooperation and dialogue between Pyongyang and Seoul.

The Trump Administration, represented by Vice President Mike Pence in PyeongChang, has warned the South Koreans about falling for North Korea's "charm offensive" at the Winter Games.

The belief that God is a higher authority than North Korea's leader, Kim Jong-un, is seen as a threat.

The Games have triggered rapid reconciliation between the two Koreas, who are still technically at war. They told their concerned friends and relatives that the Olympics is probably the most policed place in the world and they expected they would be safer there than they ever had been.

A North Korean farmer.

"(The visit) shows that North Korea has a strong will to improve inter-Korean relations and that Pyongyang can make unprecedented and bold measures if deemed necessary", the ministry said.

At an earlier dinner with senior Seoul officials, Kim Yo Jong said she found the two Koreas still had much in common despite decades of separation.

Switzerland's Alina Muller scored first-period hat-trick and added a fourth in the second period as the hosts where shut out at a packed Kwandong Hockey Center, bolstered by a contingent of North Korean cheerleaders.

So as pleasant as that lunch between North and South Korean leadership may have been, it won't mean much until diplomats from the US settle in for some of the local delicacies.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of the ruling Kim family bearing the bloodline of the sacred Mount Paektu, a centrepiece of the North's idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border into the South since the 1950-53 Korean War.

Despite Pence's hardline stance and words, he has also signaled the United States is possibly open to negotiations when he said in regards to the North Korean officials, "I haven't requested any meeting".

Trump has at times questioned the goal of further talks with the North after years of negotiations by previous US administrations failed to halt the North's weapons programmes.

"These actions cannot replicate the reality of our dear brothers and sisters, but with prayerful reflection they can provide a window into the world of a North Korean Christian".

One telling incident came early.

Others, such as 23-year-old Yoon Jun-young, were angry that that North Korea's participation on the worldwide sporting stage had come without any political concessions. That, predictably, was the image that North Korea's main newspaper put on its front pages. Moon asked the delegation, before reporters were ushered from the room.