N.Korean delegation leaves S.Korea

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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.

Kim Hyon-hui, a former North Korean agent responsible for the bombing of Korean Air flight 858 in 1987. He supported Pence's moves to meet with North Korean defectors, paying respects at a memorial to the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack blamed on the North. Pence also invited as his Olympics guest the father of US college student Otto Warmbier, who died after he was imprisoned by North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster. "Even for a moment, it appears to be a normal state".

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited the South's President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang today, Seoul said, even as the U.S. warned against falling for Pyongyang's Olympic charm offensive.

"As the North recanted the request, there will be no provision of fuel to the ferry", the ministry said.

Pence left the event after five minutes.

The Winter Olympics opening ceremony took a political turn on Friday when a man impersonating US President Donald Trump and a man impersonating North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un crashed the party. Her visit comes one year after the U.S. Treasury Department placed sanctions on Kim for her role in propaganda and "agitation" as part of her family's harsh rule over North Korea, and her government's efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, who looked uncomfortable at times during the opening ceremony, irritated his hosts by telling the South Korean leader that joint South Korea-US military drills should be promptly resumed after the Games.

"One of the main reasons North Korean athletes don't defect is due to their families back in North Korea", said Benjamin Young, a doctoral candidate at George Washington University who has researched sports in North Korea.

It was a raucous and historic night mixing sports and politics on an worldwide stage for a second straight night in this remote region of South Korea.

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As Olympic games attendee and South Korean citizen Kyu-hoon told Cho, "Unification is what I was taught to long for". With those tough matchups on the horizon, Paek said South Korea needs to play at a high tempo from start to finish.

"Quite strangely, no medal, no issue", said Jung Moon-hyun, a sports science professor at Chungnam National University in South Korea.

Of course, it is easy to overestimate the importance of these images of North and South Koreans shaking hands and being friendly toward each other, as well as of South and North Korean athletes walking into the Olympic stadium together.

"This development could have been anticipated, but for Japan it's a nightmare scenario", said Takashi Kawakami, a professor of worldwide politics at Takushoku University in Tokyo.

"This match is historic, it's very meaningful for Korea".

North and South Korea showed periodic demonstrations of unity during the "Sunshine Policy" years between 1998 and 2008 in both the Sydney Olympic Games in Australia and the 2004 Games in Athens in Greece, with both countries marching under the one flag. South Korea has strict security laws that normally ban the playing of the North's anthem and the raising of its flag.

The military parade in Pyongyang held on the eve of the South Korean Olympics was not as impressive and audacious as one would expect, but that didn't make it less significant.

Fuel prices have risen and more wood-fired Soviet-era trucks have been seen on the outskirts of the capital, said the resident, speaking on condition of anonymity. The North then withdrew its request after it asked for more fuel than Seoul was willing to provide, a Seoul official added.

"The girls have been great, they fit in well with our team", said Marissa Brandt, who was adopted as an infant out of South Korea and whose sister plays on the US team.

Though this is not the first time athletes from the two countries have entered the Olympics together, it would take an extraordinary sporting feat to usurp the Koreans' march as the predominant moment of these Games.