Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un impersonators thrown out of Olympics

Members of the North Korea cheering group gather before a welcoming ceremony inside the Gangneung Olympic Village before the 2018 Winter Olympics

Members of the North Korea cheering group gather before a welcoming ceremony inside the Gangneung Olympic Village before the 2018 Winter Olympics

IOC President Thomas Bach, North Korean ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam and Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, attend the women's ice hockey preliminary round.

Over the last few days the world has witnessed unprecedented acts of cooperation, symbolic or otherwise, between South Korea and its nuclear-armed neighbor to the North.

"I thought things would be unusual and very different, but I found a lot of things being similar", Kim said at Sunday's dinner, according to Moon's office.

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

Although inter-Korean talks are occurring on the sidelines of the Olympics, Pence is confident that Seoul and Tokyo "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions", the official said.

President Donald Trump and the North's leader Kim Jong Un have engaged in a series of personal insults.

"As an athlete myself it was a great honour for me to be the last torch bearer", she said. "I hope that the day we become one will be brought forward".

It's too early to say, Mattis said, "if using the Olympics in a way to reduce tension - if that's going to have any traction once the Olympics are over".

"I elbowed my assistant coach, and I'm like, 'We're making history right now.' Yeah, we forgot about it".

USA officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North. In their Olympic training, South Korean team played exhibition games against top US college teams.

North Korea and South Korea athletes walk out togetherWhat's the story? But as the loss deepened - Korea finally lost to Switzerland 8-0 - it was hard to find a silver lining.

"Now, if we put our hearts and minds together, it will continue to grow larger and larger and turn into a snowman of peace".

A White House official said although Moon did not discuss the invitation to Pyongyang with Mr Pence, the South Korean president made it very clear that only when North Korea actually starts to take steps to denuclearise would anyone even consider beginning to take the pressure off.

The meeting is the most significant diplomatic encounter between the two sides in more than a generation, CNN said.

Though Moon has used the Olympics to resurrect meaningful communication with North Korea after a diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear program, he didn't immediately jump on the North Korean offer for a summit.

Similar demonstrations took place sporadically around the city.

The North is a notoriously tough negotiator, adamant that it needs its "treasured sword" of nuclear weapons to defend itself against the threat of invasion by the United States, and will never give them up. But the verbal message on Saturday to come at a "convenient time" from dictator Kim Jong Un, delivered by his visiting younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, is part of a sudden rush of improving feelings between the rivals during the Pyeongchang Olympics.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in for talks in Pyongyang, South Korean officials said on Saturday, setting the stage for the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

At an earlier dinner with senior Seoul officials, Kim Yo Jong said she found the two Koreas still had much in common despite decades of separation.

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