Saturday, 10 February 2018

Kim Jong-un's sister becomes first in family to step foot on South Korean soil as she attends the Winter Olympics

Kim Jong-un

Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, has arrived in South Korea for the winter Olympics.

She is the first immediate member of her family to visit South Korea in more than 60 years this week. No member of the North's ruling family has visited South Korea since the 1950-1953 Korean war which divided the Korean peninsula.

Kim Yo Jong, believed to be about 30-years-old, arrived South Korea in her brother's private jet as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

She will be there for three days with North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam, 90.
Kim Jong-un

Kim Jong Nam and Kim Yo Jong are scheduled to meet with South Korean president Moon Jae-in on Saturday in a luncheon at Seoul’s presidential palace.  Mr Moon has been trying to use the games as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of diplomatic stalemate. The country hopes to eventually pull it into talks over resolving the international standoff over its nuclear programme.

Sceptics say North Korea, which is unlikely to give up its nukes under any deal, is just using the Olympics to poke holes at the US-led international sanctions against the country.

Kim Jong-un

At the Winter Olympics, both North and South Korea will march under one flag at the opening ceremony. Alongside 22 athletes, North Korea has sent more than 400 delegates to the Games, including a team of cheerleaders and an orchestra.

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