People in Seoul protesting North Korea's participation in Olympics

People in Seoul protesting North Korea's participation in Olympics

Two impersonators, bearing striking resemblances to President Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, were both booted from the Olympic Games' opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Friday.

Pence said Friday that the US would oppose talks between the two Koreas until the North agreed to open negotiations on ending its nuclear program.

The two Koreas held two summits in 2000 and 2007, between the late North Korean leader Kim Jong Il, father of Kim Jong Un, and then South Korean presidents Kim Dae Jung and Roh Moo Hyun.

"They are really lovely", added Biney, who qualified for quarterfinals in the 500 by placing second in her heat.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's gambit to use the Olympics as a form of diplomacy has produced a dramatic gesture - an invitation from Kim Jong Un to hold talks between the two leaders in North Korea - but it is a long way from a major breakthrough.

"As a former athlete, it was such an honor for me to serve as the last torchbearer and the cauldron lighter for this Olympics", Kim said at a press conference in PyeongChang.

Before flying south, she said, she had expected "things would be very different and unfamiliar", according to a statement from Moon's office.

But Mr Moon, a liberal who has always wanted to engage the North, will also have to convince a good portion of his own people who are deeply wary about North Korean intentions.

"We are against the ugly political Olympics!" read one banner.

The invitation was delivered through his younger sister Kim Yo Jong who met Moon at the presidential Blue House on Saturday as a special envoy of the DPRK leader. The sight of North and South Koreans marching together for the first time in a decade was the culmination of months of work by Seoul.

Demonstrators reportedly planned to protest the North Korean regime in Houston Wednesday morning ahead of the games.

Public interest in the show was huge, with almost 120,000 people applying for just 1,000 tickets.

"We're going to promote peace and show people this is what peace can look like".

Before entering the stadium, where the real US Vice-President Mike Pence and Kim's sister were in attendance, he added: "Hopefully we can meet Mike Pence and the sister of Kim Jong -un".

It inspired an American member of the International Olympic Committee to call for the team, which included 12 North Korean players, to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

In Pyeongchang, though, the two Koreas avoided talk of sanctions and basked instead in Olympic goodwill, which was nowhere more evident than on Saturday night when a joint Korean women's ice hockey team took to the ice.

The North Korean issue is especially emotional in South Korea because the peninsula, which had been one country for thousands of years, was arbitrarily cut in half at the end of World War II, in what was supposed to be a temporary division.

On the other: Angry South Koreans bump up against riot police to protest the arrivals.



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