Kim announced his nuclear program, which the communist state claims is needed for self-defense, was complete even as he extended an olive branch to the South in his New Year's address by agreeing to participate in the Olympics. "I hope she defects".
It marked the first time in eight and a half years that a ranking DPRK delegation visited South Korea's presidential complex. Kim Yo Jong is 28 years old, according to the USA government. The vice president has taken a hard stance against the country in the days leading up to the games, spotlighting the oppression of its people and promising a new round of US sanctions.
"I never thought I would visit (the South) so suddenly and believed much would be odd and different but I saw many things that were similar or the same", said Kim Yo Jong in a toast during Sunday's dinner, adding she hoped to meet the "friendly faces" before her later in Pyongyang. But rather than presenting herself as a stiff party operative, she has looked engaged and interested during multiple outings in Seoul, Pyeongchang and Gangneung.
"Moon is saying that although he is keen to reboot inter-Korean relations, the dialogue between the United States and the North is essential", said the South Korean president's spokesperson. Before now, she had been seen mainly in photos, but often in the background, as her brother took center stage.
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Abe has stressed the importance of trilateral cooperation involving the United States to address the threat posed by North Korea's nuclear and missile development programs.
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The offer was confirmed by South Korean presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom at a press briefing.
How significant is Kim Jong-Un's sister's visit to South Korea and the meeting with the South's president in particular, in your view?
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A spokesperson for President Moon said he hoped the two countries would work towards a summit and called on the United States and North Korea to resume dialogue.
After President Trump himself was compared to a North Korean dictator this week for proposing a "military parade", an idea that was floated by Chuck Schumer in 2014, it appears that the left is getting increasingly desperate to paint him in a negative light.
In the meanwhile, back in Greece, a humorous exchange between South Korean Ambassador to Athens Ahn Young-Jip and Deputy Minister for Sports Giorgos Vasiliadis about attending the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang was the inspiration behind an event at the ambassador's residence bringing together officials of both sides to watch the opening ceremonies on Friday. After the game, the entire group walked around to the Koreans' bench to greet them and pose for photos.
During the parade of nations, they stood only for the US team.
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I think, both North and South Koreans view these Winter Games as a ideal opportunity to thaw their relations and improve their ties.