A friendly face that promises better times? Or mask covering the brutal dictatorship? South Koreans are split over their impression of Kim Yo-Jong, who made his first visit to South Korea since last week.
"They fired missiles for some time and conducted a nuclear test before suddenly launching this peaceful campaign I do not believe it," said South Korean citizen Kim Byoung-Gwan, who is an entrepreneur, as reported [AFP Kim Yo-Jong arrives in South Korea on Friday (9/2) and then “/> Kim Yo-Jong arrives in South Korea on Friday (9/2) and then Photo: Yonhap via REUTERS
Others question the great attention Kim Yo-Jong gets when he is in South Korea. "All the media in South Korea and the rest of the world are crazy about Kim Yo-Jong, it seems they will soon join North Korean propaganda media to worship and idolize them," commented one South Korean netizen.
Kim Yo-Jong became the first of the Kim Dynasty ruled in North Korea, who set foot in South Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953. He was present as a member of the high-ranking delegation of North Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Kim Yo-Jong instantly charmed South Koreans as well as global media since descending the escalator at Incheon Airport, South Korea on Friday (9/2) last week. At that time, Kim Yo-Jong seemed to observe the surrounding situation calmly. The flash of a reporter's camera bulb did not bother her at all.
In South Korea, Kim Yo-Jong shook hands with President Moon Jae-In several times. He was present to cheer up the ice hockey team with Moon. Kim Yo-Jong also convey an invitation from her brother to Moon, so she will visit Pyongyang soon. Every detail of his visit was exhausted by the media. Starting from the clothes he wore, facial expressions to handbags that he brought also handwriting.
Kim Yo-Jong arrives at Incheon Airport, South Korea on Friday (9/2) Photo: Yonhap via REUTERS  One calligraphist expert describes Kim Yo-Jong as a 'positive, passionate and highly focused on goal' figure from his handwriting in the guest book of the Presidential Palace of Korea or Blue House. He visited Blue House when invited to lunch by Moon on Saturday (10/2) local time.
Professor Yang Moo-Jin from University of North Korean Studies in Seoul mentioned that Kim Jong-Un, who is the third generation of the Kim's rulers who ruled isolated and impoverished North Korea, would be very pleased with his sister's international debut.
"Kim (Yo-Jong) keeps smiling but at the same time rarely bows his head during the visit, even to our president so maybe Kim Jong-Un must compliment him at home," he said.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in will meet the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un this weekend.
Presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said on Saturday (10/2) Moon will host lunch the North Korean delegation for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The delegation included Kim Yo-jong, a senior member of the ruling North Korean Workers Party as well as an important adviser to Kim Jong-un, as well as Kim Yong-nam, head of the North Korean regime.
Kim Yo-jong was the first of the old North Korean ruling family who visited South Korea since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War.
Eat Saturday afternoon (10/2) will be the culmination of a recent diplomatic effort between the two countries that began with President Moon's good reception of a surprise bid from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to send his country's athletes to the Pyeongchang Olympics. The offer was presented by Kim in his New Year speech.
The North Korean delegation will arrive in Seoul on Friday (9/2) to attend the opening ceremony of the Olympics in the evening. [uh]
As reported by CNN and South Korean news agency, Yonhap Thursday (8/2/2018), Moon is scheduled to meet with North Korean delegation on Saturday (10/2) local time. The Blue House's spokesman Kim Euikyeom just mentioned that Moon would have lunch with the North's delegation after the meeting. "President Moon plans to hold a meeting and lunch with a North Korean delegation on February 10," he said.
The North Korean delegation will be headed by Kim Yong-Nam as North Korea's symbolic head of state. Kim Yong-Nam, one of the most influential politicians in the North, also serves as Chairman of North Korea's Parliament.
Kim Jong-Un's younger sister, Kim Yo-Jong (28), will be present to accompany the North Korean delegation chairman. It is known today that Kim Yo-Jong is Deputy Director of the Department of Propaganda and Agitation for the North Korean Workers Party. His department handles the distribution of ideological messages through media, art and culture.
In addition to the above two names, other high-ranking North Korean officials such as Choe Hwi, who is Chairman of the North Korea National Sports Commission and Ri Son-Gwon, who led inter-Korean talks last week, will also be present.
It has been informed by North Korean authorities South Korea that their delegation, including Kim Yo-Jong, will fly by private plane from Pyongyang to Incheon International Airport, Seoul on Friday (9/2) afternoon local time.
Moon meeting with North Korean delegation was held a day after they attended the ceremony opening of the 2018 Winter Olympics. "High-ranking North Korean delegates will attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics on February 9," said Kim Euikyeom.
The Winter Olympics will be held from 9 to 25 February. North Korea agreed to send 22 athletes to compete in this international sporting event. North Korea's decision to participate in the Olympics is the result of a re-establishment of dialogue with South Korea that has been cut off for the last 2 years.
The presence of Kim Jong-Un's sister to South Korea sparked speculation about a diplomatic breakthrough between the two Koreas. But diplomatic sources who understand the activities of North Korea tell CNN the sending of Kim Yong-Nam and Kim Yo-Jong is just a 'symbolic action' from North Korea, not a concrete diplomatic initiative.
This source mentions, with North Korea's "near zero" diplomatic efforts it could be a hint of a 'calm before the storm' situation with North Korea quietly preparing for next step after the Olympics. –
Changes in clothing style Kim Jong-Un is not escaped the attention of observers of North Korean issues. Some of the observers also tried to analyze the meaning behind the light gray suits used by Kim Jong-Un.
As reported by Reuters and AFP Tuesday (2 / 1/2018), in a New Year speech delivered Monday (1/1) local time, Kim Jong-Un looks wearing a black-framed glasses and stylish hair combed back to back.
He spoke fluently and rarely looked down to read the paper he was carrying. His speech focuses on North Korea's nuclear as well as offers of dialogue with South Korea and possibly sending North Korean delegates to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.
"In this New Year speech, North Korea seems to be working hard with the image described by Kim Jong-Un , "reads the analysis of the Korean Institute for National Unification, after Kim Jong-Un's speech aired.
" This shows the change from the much-worn Mao (Ms. Zedong, China's father's) dark suit to the gray- the young ashes of Western style that seem to be aimed at supporting the peace that Kim stressed in his speech, "added the analysis.
The Institute also assesses Kim Jong-Un's style changes 'reflect a relaxed state of mind'. In his speech, Kim Jong-Un declared his country a 'responsible nuclear state and peace-loving'. He also called for a reduction in military tensions and improved ties with South Korea.
Other observers view the change in style of dress that shows Kim Jong-Un's confidence.
"The Western-style suit of silver color and ivory-framed glasses worn by Kim Jong-Un, as well as the fact that he does not wear his grandfather and father's badges, shows confidence and stability, which indicates that he is in control," Professor Yang Moo-Jin from the University of North Korean Studies in Seoul, to AFP .
Robert Kelly of Pusan National University observes that Kim Jong-Un looks more like a banker wearing Armani. "There's a lot of speculation that he's trying to make North Korea look more modern and connected.After the Mao style suit his father used to look silly in the 21st century it's just a trick … Just a mere show," Kelly was quoted as saying New York Times .
Despite the various analyzes, the changing style of dress and Kim Jong-Un's softened attitude was welcomed by South Korea. South Korean authorities have proposed January 9, or next week, as Korea's second high-level summit to discuss issues.
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