Among the previously incomprehensible scenes seen in the last 24 hours at the Olympics was this one: After the game the top North Korean officials and the South Korean president joined Bach in greeting the Korean players and posing for pictures with them. In looks-obsessed South Korea, many 20-something women list plastic surgery and brand-name bags as life goals.
Kim Yo Jong earlier on Friday became the first member of North Korea's ruling family to visit the South since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War. The South Korean intelligence service says she was born in 1987; the US government thinks it was 1989.
She smiled brightly as she was greeted by South Korean officials led by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon at a meeting room at Incheon International Airport. "He cheered for the U.S.", the official said.
The vice president says there is no equivalence between the show of American force and the North Korean military parade held Thursday on the eve of the Olympics.
Pence was scheduled to leave for the United States on Saturday night.
The North's Olympic "detente" is a striking shift in tactics.
His doctors told reporters at the time that Otto had suffered from extensive brain damage for more than a year and that he had been in a state of unresponsive wakefulness and wasn't aware of his surroundings.
Kim Yo Jong has been rapidly rising within the North's power structure and is believed to be in charge of shaping her brother's public persona. "We just had some issue with our internal system". We know Kim Jong Chol likes Eric Clapton because he's been spotted at concerts around the world, most recently in London.
In the meanwhile, back in Greece, a humorous exchange between South Korean Ambassador to Athens Ahn Young-Jip and Deputy Minister for Sports Giorgos Vasiliadis about attending the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang was the inspiration behind an event at the ambassador's residence bringing together officials of both sides to watch the opening ceremonies on Friday.
It was an emotionally charged moment.
"Athletes from the two Koreas will work together for victory, and that will resonate with and be remembered in the hearts of people around the world as a sign of peace", Moon said in a reception ahead of the ceremony, according to his office.
Since the Korean War ended in a truce in 1953, the two sides have grown culturally and linguistically apart, deepening the political gulf that had initially separated the poor, one-party state in the north from the rich, democratic south.
The United States insisted it would continue its policy of exerting worldwide pressure on North Korea in an effort to get it to abandon its nuclear program.
The delegation's most substantive event may come outside of the Olympic ambit on Saturday. That in itself is a major breakthrough for the Koreas. Pence, who is using his visit to South Korea to underscore the Trump administration's policy of maximum pressure on the North, has publicly and repeatedly warned Seoul not to let down its guard to a North Korean charm offensive.
"She has access to anything that goes to Kim Jong-un's desk".
"I didn't want to be perceived as supporting what's going on between Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un", she said, groaning over Trump's dubbing the Korean leader "little rocket man" and bragging on Twitter that his own nuclear button is bigger. Meanwhile a joint hockey team and a cheerleading squad has generated warm feelings, at least at the Olympics. The women suddenly stood up and erupted in synchronized chants, enthusiastically waving flags depicting the unified Korean peninsula in a light blue color. Elsewhere during these Olympics, there are sure to be protests, as well: Not all South Koreans agreed with the move to shake up South Korea's women's hockey team just weeks before the Olympics began, to put the home flag away in favor of a neutral banner.