Winter Olympics in South Korea kicks off with colourful opening ceremony of fire and ice

Fireworks are set off during the opening ceremony

The Winter Olympics has sparked to life in a vivid, colourful ceremony of fire and ice in South Korea, and the diplomacy was just as choreographed in the stadium where leaders from nations that are sworn enemies sat close together.

South Korea, which is using the Pyeongchang Games to break the ice with North Korea, seated its President alongside US Vice-President Mike Pence, with two of the North’s most senior officials sitting in the row behind.

President Moon Jae-in, who wants to harness the Olympic spirit to pave the way for talks over the North’s nuclear and missile program, shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister.

via Winter Olympics in South Korea kicks off with colourful opening ceremony of fire and ice – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)