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A Kim Jong Un impersonator walked through North Korea’s Olympic cheer squad — and their faces say it all

A man dressed to impersonate North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un walked through Pyongyang’s cheer squad at the Olympics — and they looked unimpressed to say the least.

Though it’s unclear if this is the same impersonator who crashed the games’ opening ceremony, the man was rushed away from the squad, much as the earlier impersonators were shoed away on Friday.

김정은 닮은꼴 등장에 북측응원단 '당혹' 14일 오후 강릉시 관동하키센터에서 평창동계올림픽 여자아이스하키 남북단일팀과 일본의 경기가 열렸다. 북측 응원단 앞에 북측 김정은 노동당 위원장 분장을 한 사람이 한반도기를 들고 나타나자, 북측 응원단 일부가 놀란 표정을 지으며 당혹스러운 반응을 보였다. 분장을 한 사람은 남측 관계자에 의해 제지됐고, 결국 경기장 밖으로 쫓겨났다.

The cheerleaders looked less than thrilled to see a likeness of Kim before them.

김정은 닮은꼴 등장에 북측응원단 '당혹' 14일 오후 강릉시 관동하키센터에서 평창동계올림픽 여자아이스하키 남북단일팀과 일본의 경기가 열렸다. 북측 응원단 앞에 북측 김정은 노동당 위원장 분장을 한 사람이 한반도기를 들고 나타나자, 북측 응원단 일부가 놀란 표정을 지으며 당혹스러운 반응을 보였다. 분장을 한 사람은 남측 관계자에 의해 제지됐고, 결국 경기장 밖으로 쫓겨났다.

The squad is hand-picked for meeting stringent physical requirements, they are unpaid and train for months at a time, and have been imprisoned in the past for talking about the world they see outside of North Korea.

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Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un calls for further reconciliation

North Korea’s leader has called for a “further livening up” of the “warm climate of reconciliation” with the South created by the Winter Olympics.

Kim Jong-un, whose nuclear bomb and missile tests have stoked international tension, praised the South for hosting his state at the games in Pyeongchang.

Kim’s apparent Games charm offensive was led by his sister Kim Yo-jong.

South Korean President President Moon Jae-in has meanwhile said the US is open to talking with the North.

He did not elaborate and may have been referring to a remark by US Vice-President Mike Pence on his flight back to Washington from the Games.

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North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invites South Korean president to Pyongyang, setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang “at an early date.”
  • The invitation came during talks and a lunch Moon hosted with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong Un.

SEOUL/PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (Reuters) – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to Pyongyang “at an early date,” South Korean officials said on Saturday, potentially setting up the first meeting of Korean leaders in more than 10 years.

Any meeting would represent a diplomatic coup for Moon, who swept to power last year on a policy of engaging more with the reclusive North.

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The recent detente, anchored by South Korea’s hosting of the Winter Olympic Games, came despite an acceleration in the North’s weapons programme last year and pressure from Seoul’s allies in Washington.

The invitation came during talks and a lunch Moon hosted with Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of the North Korean leader, at the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

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Kim Jong Un wanted to meet Moon “at an early date,” a spokesman for the Blue House said. Moon had said “let’s create conditions to make it happen,” the official said, an indication that Moon was likely to accept the invitation.

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Trump’s nuclear proposal went through three versions before getting Asian geography right

Donald Trump’s administration is struggling with Asian geography—not a good idea in an area of the world where sensitive territorial disputes abound. India regularly punishes people who show disputed territories as not belonging to its landmass. Vietnam refused to stamp Chinese passports that depicted a disputed area as belonging to its larger neighbor.

The administration’s Nuclear Posture Review, first leaked to The Huffington Post, had to go through multiple revisions before getting Asian geography right.

The initial leaked version made an egregious error: it labeled the entire Korean peninsula as “North Korea.” This is not just some obscure disputed territory; it threw all of South Korea in with the North, with the latter’s flag superimposed. It was if Kim Jong-un had finally made good on his family’s long-standing promise to unify the Koreas.

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North Korea leader’s sister to visit South for Olympics

The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend Friday’s opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, which are being held in the South, ministers in Seoul say.

Kim Yo-jong is the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il and her role was strengthened last year when she was promoted to the politburo.

Both Koreas will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.

The North’s participation has been seen as a thawing of bilateral ties.

However, experts say it is unlikely to have any impact on the North’s nuclear ambitions.

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How Christian ‘prophets’ are breaking the third commandment

There’s a story going round at the moment about a ‘prophecy’ that God will remove North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un unless he becomes a Christian.

The prophetess in question is one Cindy Jacobs, and a video of her in action was shared on Right Wing Watch, a whistleblower site that is no friend to evangelical Christians.

Well, God bless Cindy. She seems like a nice person. But I’ll be honest: I watch things like that with my hands over my eyes, wincing at every second sentence. Because, not to put too fine a point on it, I don’t believe it. I don’t think Ms Jacobs – with all her undoubted sincerity – has a hot line to God. Continue reading How Christian ‘prophets’ are breaking the third commandment

North Korea agrees to send athletes to Winter Olympics, South says

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation of athletes and supporters to the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea next month, announced Seoul’s participants to the talks on Tuesday.

There was no immediate confirmation from the northern side, but the South’s announcement was in line with recent North Korean signals that it was willing to send competitors to the games, which will open in PyeongChang on Feb. 9.

The talks are ongoing but the tentative agreement constitutes a rare moment of consensus between Kim Jong Un’s regime, its estranged southern neighbor and the outside world.

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