Seoul confirms Kim Jong-Un sister's visit to South for Games

Angelica Greene
February 9, 2018

Nevertheless, according to state news agency KCNA, the North has no intention of meeting USA officials during the Games - but did not rule it out either.

She is to arrive Friday on a private jet to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games later that day, and will join South Korean President Moon Jae-in for lunch on Saturday, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said.

Both Kim Yong-nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, who is leading its delegation, and Pence are due to attend the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang tomorrow.

The spectre of nuclear annihilation looms over millions of South Koreans' lives every day, but the added spotlight of the Olympic Games has intensified safety concerns should the North ever launch an attack. The delegation arrives in South Korea tomorrow afternoon and there is no doubt that all eyes around the world will be fixed on the younger Kim as she becomes the first of North Korea's Kim family to step on South Korean soil.

The UN Security Council will decide on Thursday whether to allow a North Korean official under worldwide sanctions to travel to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics along with Kim Jong-Un's sister, diplomats said.

According to CNN, Kim Jong-Un's sister Kim Yo-Jong, who is 30-year-old, was in 2017 promoted to the Politburo of North Korea.

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This comes nearly a fortnight after the North Korean dictator's rumoured girlfriend Hyon Song-wol arrived in South Korea ahead of the Winter Olympics to monitor preparations of a North Korean art troupe she is leading.

Cho's statement also warned the US delegation to watch their words and actions, in reference to Pence's vowed to counter North Korea's efforts to "hijack" the Olympics.

Amid growing concerns that North Korea is continuing to build its nuclear weapons programme despite strict US and United Nations sanctions, US President Donald Trump has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics.

He met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to discuss increasing pressure on North Korea.

"North Korea is actively engaging in inter-Korean dialogue on the occasion of the Olympics".

North Korea is under multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programmes, which have seen it develop rockets capable of reaching the U.S. mainland.

Other reports by GizPress

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