South Korea's then president Kim Dae-jung, who won a Nobel Peace Prize for his Sunshine policy of engagement with the North, visited Pyongyang for an unprecedented inter-Korean summit with late leader Kim Jong Il.
But US Vice President Mike Pence, who was seated in the same box at the opening ceremony, did not interact with the North Koreans at any point, US officials said. "Mr President. North Korea bombing, please", the banner read.
Around 800 Anti-North Korea protesters in Pyeongchang, South Korea tore up portraits of Kim Jong-Un, burned North Korean flags, and briefly clashed with riot police Friday ahead of the Winter Olympics Opening ceremony, Reuters reports.
A pair of impersonators played the roles of the rivals, surprising visitors to South Korea and becoming internet celebrities by the time they appeared at the opening ceremony.
Kim Yo-jong is the 30-year-old sister of Kim Jong-un and the first member of her family to go to South Korea since the 1953 ceasefire paused the Korean War, according to The Guardian.
"The grievances that the world has about North Korea are very legitimate". "It's a time to focus on messages of reconciliation and peace".
Moon told Kim Yo Jong that the North and South should continue to build conditions for a summit, Moon spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said. Rumors are swirling that she could be carrying an offer for Moon to travel to North Korea. It was the first since Park Geun-hye took over as the South Korean president.
"Using the occasion of the Pyeongchang Olympics in South Korea, sports, construction, and other sectors have been ordered to recruit foreign investors", a source in Pyongyang told Daily NK on February 6. North Korea has jumped at the opportunity.
The meeting came amid brisk diplomacy among the members of six-party denuclearisation talks - the United States, China, Japan, Russia and the two Koreas.
American officials attempted to paint a rosier picture of Friday's ceremony as showing solidarity among allies.
Skeptics say North Korea, which is unlikely to give up its nukes under any deal, is just using the Olympics to poke holes at the US-led global sanctions against the country and buy more time to further advance its strategic weaponry.
The invitation, delivered by Kim's visiting sister Kim Yo-jong, said Kim was willing to meet the South's leader "at the earliest date possible", said a spokesman for the presidential Blue House.
The commentary says Washington is seeking to undermine the Olympics and subvert efforts to improve inter-Korean relations.
"It's not a complete disaster", said James Schoff, former senior Pentagon adviser for East Asia policy.
"The fact that's become the narrative is due in part to things that he's said and his body language", Schoff said.
Pence arrived here Thursday while Kim and other North Korean delegates, including North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong, arrived earlier in the day.