Kim Jong-Un's Sister To Visit South Korea In Historic First

North Korea leader's sister to visit South for Olympics

The South's Unification Ministry said Wednesday that Kim Yo Jong, a senior member of the North's ruling Workers' Party, will be part of the high-level delegation that will arrive Friday.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Sunday Kim would lead a 22-strong delegation that was expected to arrive in South Korea on Friday for a three-day trip.

The North Korean tabloid Chosun Ibo also speculated that beer has been in works since at least 2015, after that the leader of the country, Kim Jong-un, complained that beers imported from South Korea are too bland.

North Korea has no intention to meet U.S. officials during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, Pyongyang's state media said Thursday - but did not rule it out.

But the Olympics have triggered a rapid rapprochement on the peninsula.

"A new era of reconcialiation has been opened", said a North Korean delegate leading the cheer squads, rferring to a thaw in North and South Korean relations ahed of the Games.

He said that the Vatican was ready to back any "useful peace initiative that favors peace and encounter among peoples".

"We will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all", he said. The plan centers around rallying the worldwide community to further isolate North Korea both diplomatically and economically.

The North used the ship, the Mangyongbong 92, for similar purposes during the 2002 Asian Games in the South Korean port city of Busan. Experts speculated about whether anything was inside the canisters or whether North Korea was merely demonstrating it could transport missiles of that size.




The orchestra is scheduled to perform at Gangneung, near Pyeongchang, on Thursday and in the capital, Seoul, on Sunday.

The U.S. State Department has said that the U.S. government would if "prefer" Kim's display of military might didn't take place.

But, skaters Min Yura and Alexander Gamelin told reporters after a practice session on Wednesday that they had no problem with the change, as only a couple of words from the song would be omitted without any change to the music.

Hundreds of soldiers have been drafted in to guard Olympic venues after 1,200 security staff were withdrawn and quarantined earlier this week over the outbreak.

But other family members have not fared so well - Kim Jong-Un's uncle was executed for treason two years after the younger man came to power, and his half-brother was assassinated in a Malaysian airport last year.

Kim Yong Nam also attended the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Pence's remarks allude partly to a number of ballistic missile tests conducted by North Korea in the past year, as well as a new type of ICBM that was test-fired about 2,500 miles high before hitting the sea within Japan's economic zone.

In December, the UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on the North, seeking to ban almost 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to the country by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.

Joongang confirmed that North Korea requested Seoul allow Kim Yo-jong to enter the country for the Olympics but noted that there is no guarantee that it is legal for South Korea to allow her to enter.

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