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Who Is Kim Yo-jong, Sister of North Korean Leader?

Olympics-Norovirus-outbreak-worsens Who Is Kim Yo-jong, Sister of North Korean Leader?
Rosie Leonard | 11 February, 2018, 05:30

No matter the final score.

On Saturday morning, the North's official news agency, KCNA, issued a report about the Olympics opening that was notable in its lack of the loaded language it usually uses when writing about the South and the United States, which it characterizes as Seoul's overlord.

Despite Pence's remarks, the current administrations in Washington and Seoul have at times adopted contrasting tones when it comes to North Korea. A total of about 500 North Koreans, including 22 athletes and 140 musicians, arrived in South Korea this week for the Olympics.

The vice president said he was "encouraged" by bilateral discussions with South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Moon's talks with members of North Korea's delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics, which included Kim Yo jong, the influential and younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

Moments later, Kim Yo Jong approached the ice with the other dignitaries to applaud the Korean players and take part in a group photo.

Fred Warmbier attended the opening ceremony as the vice president's guest. She met with the South's president, Moon Jae-in, on Saturday.

Fans roared every time a Korean got the puck on her stick, and Han Soojin almost put the team on the board with a shot from the left circle that hit the crossbar early in the first period. North Korean Jong Su Hyon had one of Korea's three shots in the opening period.

Its agents blew up a South Korean airliner ahead of the 1988 Seoul Olympics in an attempt to dissuade visitors; then it boycotted its rival's Olympic debut on the world stage.

But a first-period treble from Alina Muller set the tone and effectively dashed any hopes of a homemade fairytale.

But according to CNN, Pence and Moon did not discuss the invitation or the summit, with the Vice President instead telling reporters that he "spoke as friends" with the South Korean leader.

"Obviously, it is tough to lose". "I don't think you talk geopolitics over speed skating", the second official said.

The Olympics were the biggest show in TV, and NBC aims to keep it that way as the Games continue to February 25.

USA officials have not ruled out the possibility that the vice president might meet a North Korean official at the Olympics. "But we'll make up for that weak point for the next game". Pence did not attend the hockey game. No peace treaty has ever been signed.

An early shot by North Korea's Han Soojin might have made a statement, if not altered the outcome.

A massive military parade in Pyongyang on the eve of the just-opened Pyeongchang Olympics has been used as Exhibit A by skeptics.

And bring them together this hockey team did. It was their first joint march since 2007.

The Korean team, guaranteed a berth in the Games as the host nation, is not expected to win a medal.

There's worry, too, that the proposed summit in Pyongyang may come with preconditions - a North Korean specialty. Twelve female hockey players joined the 23-person South Korean team.

That was always going to be a monumental task for either Korea, much less a unified team that had only a few weeks of practice together. At Friday's opening ceremony, for example, Moon shook hands with Jong, as Pence, sitting merely feet away, looked stone faced, never acknowledging the North Korean delegation.

As for the team, interactions off the ice remain limited to meal time. If peace isn't imminent, a summit in Pyongyang between Moon and Kim Jong Un seems preferable to recent months' threats. Moon, a dove who wants to resolve the nuclear standoff diplomatically and peacefully, quickly responded to Kim's outreach by offering talks.

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