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Kim Jong Un's Sister Arrives in South Korea

Kim Jong Un's Sister Arrives in South Korea

"He participated in a trilateral with (South Korean President Moon Jae-in) and (Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe) prior in a show of solidarity and then was thrilled to cheer on Team USA at the opening ceremony".

A jetliner carrying the high-level delegation flew into Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, shortly before 2 p.m.

"In addition to the games, PyeongChang seeks to be a "Culture Olympics" as well", with a total of 1,900 culture-related programs taking place during the games in Gangwon Province.

However, Dr. Zhiqun Zhu, a Bucknell University professor, said to not be fooled by appearances during the games in PyeongChang, South Korea.

But when the North Korean athletes took over, it became a more austere affair.

On board were Kim Yo Jong, the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to visit the South since the Korean War ended with a ceasefire in 1953, and Kim Yong Nam, the leader of its delegation to the Winter Olympics in the South.

She adds that some are also speculating that Ms Kim might be bringing a message from her brother.

Many South Koreans support the thaw with the North, but protesters insist that the South has been too generous, saying North Korea's Kim has been allowed to hijack the Games.

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Moon Jae In Mike Pence and Kim Yo Jong were just a few seats apart. Getty Images Business Insider

There is a possibility that they would attend the debut of the first-ever inter-Korean Olympic team at the women's ice hockey tournament on Saturday, hours after their meeting with Mr Moon.

The North has sent almost 500 people to the Pyeongchang Games, including officials, athletes, artists and also a 230-member state-trained cheerleader group after the war-separated rivals agreed to a series of conciliatory gestures for the Games.

While the Vice President has cautioned against cozying up to North Korea, he avoided public criticism of Moon and congratulated South Korea on hosting the Games.

The official delegation will return home Sunday.

"The simple truth is that the time has come for North Korea to permanently abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions - to recognize there is no future as a member of the family of nations for a nuclear-empowered North Korea", he said after touring the Cheonan naval memorial, a tribute to the South Korean ship sunk in 2010.

The most notable athlete to be kept out is South Korea-born speed skater Viktor Ahn, who holds six gold medals.

The parade, marking the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North Korean army, was attended by leader Kim Jong-un and other senior officials.

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