Unified Koreas athletes cheered at Asian Games spectacular

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Unified Koreas athletes cheered at Asian Games spectacular

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JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) – Thousands of spectators cheered wildly as athletes from the rival Koreas marched together in a spectacular opening ceremony for the Asian Games.

The two countries, still technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in an armistice, have fielded 60 athletes in combined teams along with larger contingents for their respective national squads. They’re competing together in several sports including women’s basketball and rowing.

South Korea Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon and several North Korean ministers watched as the athletes, many holding hands, paraded by in blue and white uniforms.

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Some 42,000 people packed the Bung Karno stadium in Jakarta on Saturday evening for an elaborate ceremony showcasing diverse Indonesian culture.

Performers dance during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Performers dance during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Performers dance during the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves as he arrives on a motorbike to the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves as he arrives on a motorbike to the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves as he arrives on a motorbike to the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves as he arrives on a motorbike to the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves as he arrives on a motorbike to the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Indonesian President Joko Widodo waves as he arrives on a motorbike to the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in the Gelora Bung Karno Stadium, Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

Dancers perform during the opening ceremony of the 18th Asian Games at Gelora Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Indonesia on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)

An Indonesia man walk on stilts prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

An Indonesia man walk on stilts prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

An Indonesia man walk on stilts prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's perform on stilts prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia's perform on stilts prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Indonesia’s perform on stilts prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Japan's contingent prepare prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Japan's contingent prepare prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Japan’s contingent prepare prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Supporters of the combined Koreas team attend prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Supporters of the combined Koreas team attend prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

Supporters of the combined Koreas team attend prior the opening ceremony for the 18th Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia, Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)

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Unified Koreas athletes cheered at Asian Games spectacular