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Ivanka Trump gets red-carpet welcome for Winter Olympics visit

Ivanka Trump gets red-carpet welcome for Winter Olympics visit

She said it is a great honor for her to visit South Korea with the US delegation, and they are very excited to attend the Winter Olympic Games to cheer for Team USA.

"It's certainly possible that Ivanka will try to do for the United States what Kim Yo Jong did for North Korea", Mintaro Oba, a former USA diplomat who worked on North Korea policy, told the Guardian.

At a closed-door meeting before a banquet Friday night at the presidential compound, Moon told Trump that talks on denuclearization and the inter-Korean dialogue must move forward side by side, Moon's press secretary, Yoon Young-chan, told reporters.

The North will send an eight-member delegation Sunday headed by Kim Yong Chol, a top general who oversees inter-Korean relations for the ruling Workers' Party, Seoul's unification ministry said in a statement. She will be in Pyeongchang for celebratory purposes, to cheer on U.S. Olympians and support a "vital" ally's "remarkable transformation" since the Korean war, as one White House official put it. She will then represent the United States at the closing ceremony on Sunday night.

They had planned to meet secretly while in South Korea, but United States officials said Pyongyang scrapped the plan after Pence denounced North Korea's "murderous regime". "If our government helps her understand South Korea's situation on the peninsula, it could help improve Seoul-Washington ties", the paper wrote.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in, however, highlighted at a banquet at the presidential compound how the Olympics have served as a vehicle for dialogue between the two Koreas.

U.S. president Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump will also be attending-she lands in South Korea tomorrow (Feb. 23), and will have dinner with South Korean president Moon Jae-in. In addition to the dinner which will feature a kosher menu for Ivanka's dietary restrictions, the Blue House has planned a small traditional Korean music performance for her delegation.

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SEOUL - Ivanka Trump channeled her father's call for "maximum pressure" on North Korea on Friday as she started a highly anticipated trip to South Korea, two weeks after the North's leader sent his sister here on a mission seen as an attempt to undermine Seoul's alliance with Washington.

As the Winter Olympics comes to an end in South Korea this weekend, eyes will be trained on a potential encounter between a hardline military general from North Korea, and the daughter of the U.S. President.

At the Olympics opening ceremony, Vice-President Mike Pence and Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korea's leader, sat just several feet apart, but did not acknowledge each other.

The Games' opening ceremony saw Pence and the North Korean representatives seated in the same box, but they did not interact.

Mr Rickards said that in a meeting he had with Central Intelligence Agency director Mike Pompeo and National Security Advisor to the President General McMaster, it emerged that the threat of a nuclear war by the hands of North Korea was imminent.

Mr Moon hopes to make the Olympics an avenue for peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.

Trump is arriving in Seoul as plans are underway to reopen more lines of communication with the North.