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Kim Jong Un's sister aims to score playing charm game

12 February 2018, 05:58 | Anna Jefferson

Olympic moment: North and South Korea handshake

Kim Jong-un at today's parade and the Hwasong-15

Kim attended the opening ceremonies of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, sitting in the same box as the Moon and US Vice President Mike Pence.

But the last-minute decision to form the team was slammed by many South Koreans, who accused Moon of using athletes for political purposes and robbing Seoul's own citizens of opportunities to compete at the Olympics.

Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong, who is visiting South Korea as his special envoy for the Winter Olympics, conveyed her brother's invitation during a meeting at the presidential Blue House, officials from the Blue House said.

Kim Yo-jong is the North Korean leader's younger sister.

Though Moon has used the Olympics to resurrect meaningful communication with North Korea after an extended period of animosity and a diplomatic stalemate over its nuclear program, he did not immediately jump on the North Korean offer for a summit. It would be the first summit in more than a decade between Korean leaders. Her visit comes one year after the U.S. Treasury Department placed sanctions on Kim for her role in propaganda and "agitation" as part of her family's harsh rule over North Korea, and her government's efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

It is also noted that the South Korean president accepted the invitation.

"We will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region". They were seated beside the Moons and next to Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and his wife.




Speaking to reporters traveling with him on a weeklong trip to Europe, Mattis said the North's decision to hold a recent military parade that highlighted its ballistic missiles confuses any messages of thawing tensions on the peninsula.

"That is a very unusual time, if in fact he is trying to show a warming", Mattis said, referring to Kim Jong Un. Pence, who led the United States delegation to the Olympics, has accused Pyongyang of using the event for its own ends.

Lee expressed his hopes to the delegation that the "right conditions" would be created for the two heads of state to meet, the official said later.

Meanwhile, the USA media were having a field day of gay athletes protesting Vice President Pence, because he respectfully disagrees with homosexuality based on his Christian beliefs.

Meanwhile, relations between South Korea and North Korea have shown promising signs of improvement in recent days. Then when the Korean team entered the stadium under a unified flag, Pence sat stone-faced while Moon and North Korean officials stood together in applause.

Meanwhile, Fred Warmbier, father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died aged 22 after being detained in North Korea for a petty offence previous year, was not in the box with Pence but rather sitting with the United States athletes, according to The Washington Post Tokyo bureau chief Anna Fifield.



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