Given that that was never going to happen, the next best thing was the antics of a pair of lookalikes.
Korean Central Television hasn't broadcast any video footage thus far, only a handful of still images from the North Korean delegation's visit to Pyeongchang, including pictures from a hockey game Sunday in which some of the North Korean athletes participated as part of the joint Korean team, 38 North's Martyn Williams, a North Korea analyst and journalist, told HuffPost.
So, who are the men who have become a story in themselves in Pyeongchang?
He revealed to Yahoo Sports that his name is "Howard" and although he's from Australia, he lives in Hong Kong, but doesn't speak Korean.
Just days after Kim's smiling sister invited South Korean President Moon Jae-in to a summit with her brother in Pyongyang - an overture he's yet to formally accept, Yasuhide Nakayama attacked Seoul's financial support of the regime. It is the highest level cross-border diplomacy in a number of years, and it complicates the hard line taken by President Donald Trump's administration.
Alan's motivation, he said in a telephone interview, is to put smiles on faces.
The Koreans, meanwhile, found the back of the net for the first time, and it set the house on fire. "My motivation is to provide entertainment and to make people laugh".
Footage shows Howard dressed as the dictator and commanding attention in front of the reclusive nation's cheerleading squad.
"I was talking to South Koreans here, you know, people around the hotel, people driving cars and cabs and people who own restaurants, and they couldn't believe it", he added. "I have an advantage to advance this cause. I got lucky", she said. But Howard continues to see the hopeful side of his character.
After years of ineffective implementation, those sanctions may have begun to finally bite, which, according to a Japanese government official and experts, helps explain why Kim Jong Un agreed to send a national team and his sister to the Olympics.
"I mean I trained them by myself so, of course, they're the best in the world", Howard said.
Alan was tracked down by Howard in 2016 after he made an appearance as a "Trump-alike" in Vanity Fair magazine.
"We should firmly keep in mind that any talks where denuclearisation is not a precondition only buy North Korea more time to complete its nuclear capabilities while they fool us with their peace offensive façade", said Chang Je-won, spokesman for the Liberty Korea Party.