Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un impersonators ejected from Opening Ceremony

Donald Trump, Kim Jong-un impersonators ejected from Opening Ceremony

She serves as the first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

From the South Korean side, the unification minister and Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung participated in the banquet along with Lee Hee-beom, the president of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games organizing committee, and Choi Moon-soon, governor of the Gangwon province where the host city is located.

Kim Jong Un and President Trump impersonators were booted from the Olympic Games' opening ceremony.

According to Washington Post columnist Josh Rogin, Pence told him the US could engage in dialogue after two substantive conversations with South Korean leader Moon Jae-in last week.

The South Korean leader is said to have assured Pence he would clearly tell Pyongyang it would not get economic or diplomatic benefits "for just talking" and "only concrete steps toward denuclearization" could reap such benefits.

After months of silence on whether it would even take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, which had their opening ceremony Friday, nuclear-armed North Korea has gone on a charm offensive, dispatching athletes, performers and Kim's sister plus other diplomatic delegates to the South.

Rogin said that the proposed course of diplomacy signifies that the USA and its allies will not stop imposing pressure on Pyongyang until it takes clear steps toward denuclearization but the Trump administration is willing to sit down and talk with the regime while that pressure campaign is ongoing.

"We would like to see you at an early date in Pyongyang", Kim Yo Jong told Moon during the lunch, according to another Blue House official.

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A South Korean government official said Seoul's stance was that separate talks with North Korea by South Korea and the United States should both lead the denuclearisation of the North while sanctions and pressure continue to be applied.

This came after he promised the United States will announce the "toughest and most aggressive round of economic sanctions on North Korea ever".

North and South Korea are technically still at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty.

Other members of the North Korean delegation present at Saturday's meeting included Ri Son Gwon - who led the first sit-down talks at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) earlier this year, and Choe Hwi. "An early resumption of dialogue between the USA and the North is needed also for the development of the South-North Korean relationship", he said, according to his spokesman.

The real Kim Jong Un did not travel to South Korea for the games, either.

"Under a strong position for denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, Korea will faithfully implement the worldwide sanctions on North Korea, while also adhering to the principle of resolution through peaceful means", the statement said.

In the interview, Pence said the United States and South Korea agreed on terms for further engagement with North Korea, calling the diplomatic path "maximum pressure and engagement at the same time".

Earlier, at a VIP reception before the ceremony, Pence went around a table and shook hands with all the dignitaries except Kim Yong Nam, North Korea's 90-year-old nominal head of state.


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