Dark chocolate tempered in the shape of barbed wire lay over a map of the Korean peninsula rendered in thin blue chocolate, a representation of the heavily militarized border that separates Games host South Korea and its old enemy in the North.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) shakes hands with Kim Yo-jong (R), the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un during the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on February 9, 2018. Now, they're also bound by a friendly pair of impersonators: A fake Donald Trump and Kim Jong-Un showed up at the Olympic opening ceremony, to the delight of selfie-wanting attendees and, presumably, the confusion of people who didn't realize right away they were impersonators. On the other, the president of South Korea sat with Kim's sister and North Korea's nominal head of state, separated only by IOC President Thomas Bach.
But away from the spotlight, these two unwanted guests, men dressed as North Korea supreme leader and the USA president, were escorted away from the premises.
Some analysts said that trying to leverage the Olympics in such an overtly political way could backfire. After a photo together, each of the Koreans shook hands with the three men while Kim Jong Un's sister watched.
USA officials have been urging South Korea to be cautious in its rapprochement with the North.
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Eleven years ago, the south's Roh Moo-hyun and the north's Kim Jong Il, Kim Jong Un's father, signed an eight-point peace agreement.
The official also noted that while Trump believes in talking, in this case, the issue is not about words but about deeds on North Korea's part. "And so when you put it that way they're not really participating in the Olympics".
Still, the Koreans were playing the world's sixth-ranked team.
The North sent the delegation to attend the opening ceremony of Pyeongchang Olympics on Friday, during which the two nations' athletes marched under a unified flag.
The Trump administration, and successive American administrations before it, has insisted that North Korea must give up its nuclear weapons program if it wants to be treated as part of the global community.
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But ahead of the Games, skiing, snowboarding and skating have taken a back seat as Lee and other Olympic officials expressed hope that sports might pave the way toward better relations between the North and South.
North Korean athletes "are not really participating in the Olympics", said the father of American student Otto Warmbier, who died past year after his release from imprisonment in North Korea.
A few months before the competition began, Korean Air Flight 858 was downed in a bombing later attributed to North Korean agents.
In a meeting hours before Friday's opening ceremony, Abe warned Moon not to fall for North Korea's "smile diplomacy", according to Moon's office.
This wasn't just the home team marching onto the field; this was a combined squad from the North and South, from neighboring countries that have endured decades of uneasy armistice.
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