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Trump, Kim Jong Un impersonators tossed from Olympics opening ceremony

11 February 2018

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence stood only a few seats away from Kim Yo-Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un.

Indeed, some spectators at Saturday's game were skeptical that bringing the two countries together on one team would have any lasting effect. Eleven years ago, the south's Roh Moo-hyun and the north's Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's father, signed an eight-point peace agreement.

An International Olympic Committee spokesman said drones that were scheduled to be used in the opening ceremony were not deployed.

"Present there were members of a high-level delegation of the DPRK and its National Olympic Committee delegation, art troupe and cheering group", it went on.

The North and South are bitter enemies and are technically at war together, having never officially ended the 1952 Korean War.

It now appears Moon will accept the invitation after first responding by saying that a meeting could happen only "by creating the right conditions", according to Moon's spokesperson Kim Eui Kyeom.

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Kim Yo Jong also handed a personal message to Moon from Kim Jong Un in her capacity as his special envoy. Moon served as Roh's chief of staff at the time.

Later on, two athletes from the joint Korean women's hockey team handed off the Olympic torch to former Olympic figure skater Yuna Kim, arguably the most famous person in South Korea, according to the AP.

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Vice President Mike Pence and his wife, Karen, were photographed sitting in front of Kim Jong-Un's close relative during the Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony. Before the ceremony, about 800 people gathered outside the stadium to protest against North Korea, burning posters of Kim and chanting slogans.

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The 28-year-old is a crucial part of the North's Games delegation led by Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's nominal head of state. But interestingly, Pence also suggested that during their bilateral discussions he and Moon had agreed on terms for moving forward.

The combined teams - dressed in white and introduced simply as "Korea" - entered the stadium under the blue-and-white "unification flag", which shows the peninsula as one.

The United States has repeatedly pressed China, North Korea's most significant trading partner and main ally, to do more to rein in Pyongyang's nuclear and missile ambitions.

The Trump administration, and successive American administrations before it, has insisted that North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons program if it wants to be treated as part of the global community.

However, Trump said he was misquoted later and claimed he had said "I'd probably" instead of "I probably".

Mr. Moon later officially declared the Olympics open, followed by a burst of fireworks.

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The vice-president's deliberate snub to the North Koreans - and, by extension, the host country - highlighted the deep divisions between Washington and Seoul on how to deal with Pyongyang.

Trump, Kim Jong Un impersonators tossed from Olympics opening ceremony