Kim impersonator a hit with North Korean cheerleaders

16 February, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Brian Mcdaniel
  • Vice President Mike Pence attended the 2018 Winter Olympics in North Korea

The prospect of negotiations comes after months of tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programmes, in which US President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un traded insults and threats while the UN tightened sanctions.

The KCNA said that Kim expressed satisfaction after the briefing and appreciated South Korea's warm reception and support for the North Korean delegates during their stay.

US Vice President Mike Pence, who attended Friday's opening ceremony along with the North Koreans, said "no daylight" existed between the United States, South Korea and Japan on the need to isolate North Korea.

In North Korea, anyone impersonating of a member of the ruling Kim family would be considered blasphemous.

North and South Korean leaders swapped warm handshakes and smiles at Friday's opening ceremony, enabling the International Olympic Committee to present the Games as enablers of peace and take the media spotlight away from a Russian doping scandal that has plagued it for years.

According to Nam Sung-wook, a professor at Korea University's Department of Unification and Diplomacy in Seoul, the cheerleaders are a tactic to give an air of unification and normalcy in North Korea. The possible response to this can well be imagined.

Travel between the two Koreas has been impossible without the approval of both governments since the 1950-53 war that divided the peninsula and ended in a truce rather than a peace treaty. The New York Times claimed that Yo Jong's "quietly friendly approach while in South Korea - photographers repeatedly captured her smiling - seemed to endear her to some observers".

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Howard had caused a commotion during the February 9 opening ceremony when he and a person dressed as U.S. President Donald Trump were swiftly shown out of the stadium by security staff.

The right wing in South Korea has been boosted by the U.S. maintaining its approach toward North Korea.

I don't know about you, but I don't trust the North Koreans.

Repeated missile tests by North Korea and its biggest ever nuclear detonation last September led Trump to dub Kim "little rocket man" and warn that he might have no choice but to totally destroy his country.

Moon and his administration hosted several meetings and meals for the delegation during their stay at the presidential Blue House and luxury five-star hotels while Moon personally accompanied Kim Yo Jong for events at the Olympics as well as an orchestra concert.

US Vice President Mike Pence warned last week he would not allow "North Korean propaganda to hijack the message and imagery of the Olympic Games".


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