Monday 16 July 2018

Sister of Kim Jong Un shakes hands with South Korean president in historic moment during Winter Olympics opening ceremony

President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and inset Ireland flag-bearer Seamus O'Connor
President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier and inset Ireland flag-bearer Seamus O'Connor
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The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has shaken hands with South Korean president Moon Jae-in in a historic meeting during the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

In a historic moment for the Koreas, Mr Moon shook hands in public with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, as dignitaries took their places at the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War. She is part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony.

Meanwhile Ireland flag-bearer Seamus O'Connor represented Ireland during the opening ceremony.

Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during the opening ceremony
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - President of South Korea Moon Jae-in, his wife Kim Jung-Sook, Kim Yo-Jong, the sister of North Koreas leader Kim Jong-un and German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier during the opening ceremony
Ireland flag-bearer Seamus O'Connor during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea. David Davies/PA Wire.
Pyeongchang, South Korea; Eric Frenzel of Germany carries the national flag with delegates during the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games Opening Ceremony at Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium. Rob Schumacher-USA TODAY Sports
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - Erin Hamlin of the U.S. carries the national flag. REUTERS/Stefano Rellandini
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - Jelena Vujicic of Montenegro carries the national flag during the opening ceremony.
Great Britain athletes during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea. David Davies/PA Wire.
Great Britain flag-bearer Lizzy Yarnold during the Opening Ceremony of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the PyeongChang Olympic Stadium in South Korea. David Davies/PA Wire
South Korean President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook, North Korea's nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam, and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong sit at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea February 9, 2018. Yonhap via REUTERS
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - Julian Zhi Jie Yee of Malaysia carries the national flag. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics – Opening ceremony – Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium - Pyeongchang, South Korea – February 9, 2018 - A general view shows the opening ceremony. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski

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