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"Special envoy Kim Yo Jong delivered a personal letter" from her brother stating his "wish to improve inter-Korean relations", said Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom.

The handshake between the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and South Korean president Moon Jae-in was highlighted as Games organisers reflected on the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Thursday echoed the sentiments of International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach, who last month said the Games could send "the message of peace" after the IOC had approved the two Koreas' request to march jointly under the same flag for the first time since Turin in 2006. US Vice-President Mike Pence, sitting a few seats away in the same Opening Ceremony VIP booth, looked stony faced as the scene unfolded.

A huge cheer greeted flagbearers Hwang Chung-gum, 22, a North Korean ice hockey player, and Won Yun-jong, 32, a South Korean bobsleigh star, as they led the unified team of athletes.

North and South Korea are still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce.

An aide for Pence has said the vice president will point out the aggressions of oppressive North Korea and will not let the North Korean propaganda "hijack" the massage of the Olympics.

Officials traveling with Pence said it would be fair to characterize his failure to interact with the North Koreans as a mutual decision, with neither side making any public overtures.

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NBCUniversal will present more than 2,400 hours of coverage of the PyeongChang Games - the most ever for a Winter Olympics. In a previous cyberattack, documents from Winter Olympics organizations were stolen and leaked by a campaign tied to Russian Federation, while North Korea has also been suspected of spying on the event's various organizations, a Wired report said.

The opening ceremony was attended by several heads of state and included North Korea's ceremonial leader, Kim Yong Nam, and the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Ma, now in her 50s, defected from North Korea when she was 17 years old.

Almost 500 North Koreans have arrived in South Korea for the Olympics, which run until February 25.

The Winter Olympics have helped ease tensions between North and South Korea, despite the North's continued development and demonstration of its nuclear capabilities. He has met with some North Korean defectors while there.

Now, Kim is everywhere during the 2018 games, even though she is not competing.