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Kim Jong-un imitator leads North Korean cheering section at hockey match

A Kim Jong-un impersonator, calling himself only Howard from Australia, waved a unification flag at the Korea-Japan women’s ice hockey game Wednesday.
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A Kim Jong-un impersonator, calling himself only Howard from Australia, waved a unification flag at the Korea-Japan women’s ice hockey game Wednesday.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — A Kim Jong-un impersonator calling himself only Howard from Australia has made an appearance at the Korea-Japan women’s ice hockey game at the PyeongChang Olympics.

He briefly walked in front of a North Korean cheering section waving a unification flag and smiling Wednesday before being moved away to his seat nearby.

Security then came to take him out of the arena as a crowd began to form. Police later took over, surrounding him in a hall outside the seating area and preventing him from going back into the game.

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The impersonator wore a long black overcoat and glasses and sported the North Korean dictator’s trademark haircut.

He said, ‘‘This is how I look,’’ as police led him into a staff room.

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Police officers surrounded Howard from Australia at a women’s ice hockey game between Japan and the combined Koreas.
Eric Talmadge/Associated Press
Police officers surrounded Howard from Australia at a women’s ice hockey game between Japan and the combined Koreas.