Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un lookalikes thank Olympics for kind welcome

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un lookalikes thank Olympics for kind welcome

Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un lookalikes thank Olympics for kind welcome

The task of Pence's trip, created to distract the world's gaze from North and South Korea's Olympic unification, proved too hard to execute as remarkable images of a smiling Kim Yo Jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, standing alongside Moon at the Blue House emerged from the day and dominated the airwaves.

Kim Yo-jong, Kim Jong-un's younger sister, was on hand for the ceremonies.

It's the final stop on a six-day trip that Pence had hoped would increase pressure on North Korea as it seeks to use the games to pursue an opening with the South. A senior White House official confirmed that Moon told Pence he'd be attending the game with the North Korean delegation.

However, South Korea's presidental Blue House said Pence had a meeting scheduled with US athletes and had only planned to stay briefly to greet other officials. Back at the athlete's village, they bunk with their respective countries.

Global alarm at the rapid advance of nuclear-armed North Korea's weapons technology rose further previous year when the regime tested its Hwasong-15 ballistic missile theoretically capable of hitting the mainland U.S., in a challenge to Washington that has threatened to "utterly destroy" the regime in the event of an attack.

Despite their differences, Moon and Abe chose to resume "shuttle diplomacy" as agreed a year ago and hold a trilateral summit between Japan, South Korea and China as soon as possible.

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Kim extended the rare invitation to the South Korean leader through his closest confidante: his only sister Kim Yo Jong, who was visiting the South as part of the North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics, according to South Korea's presidential office on Saturday.

And even after the players skated off and the crowds cleared out, the North's indefatigable cheer squad remained in the stands, bobbing their heads and serenading the stragglers in a song that wouldn't give up.

"President Moon must balance his desire for North-South reconciliation with his policy of denuclearization", Manning said.

North Korea is under a heavy United Nations sanctions regime which was originally targeted at stopping the proliferation of arms and nuclear and missile technologies, but has become more all-encompassing after its accelerated missile testing.

Moon's office said he told Abe that the talks between the Koreas would not disrupt worldwide efforts to deal with North Korea's nuclear program. A delegation of more than 500 North Koreans are attending the Games. The pressure campaign is not only going to continue, it's going to intensify until they denuclearize and that all options are on the table.

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Yokota is a "citadel of strength", said Pence, who toured operations centers at the base where personnel keep tabs on North Korean military moves.

Pence spoke after paying tribute at a memorial for 46 South Korean sailors killed in the sinking of a warship in 2010 that Seoul blamed on a North Korean torpedo attack.

Almost 500 North Koreans have arrived in South Korea for the Olympics, which run through to February 25.

Pence rode to the reception with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and the two held a private conversation while waiting more than 10 minutes for a photo opportunity with Moon. US and Japanese troops gathered there represent the greatest concentration of combined military might anywhere in the world, he added.

Iran, where Samsung has a strong presence on the high street, has sent four athletes to the Games in Pyeongchang.

However, South Korea's main opposition party warned that any talks between the two Koreas where the scrapping of North Korea's nuclear program was not a precondition would only "benefit the enemy".

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