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]
South Korean President Moon Jae-In will have lunch with North Korean delegation in the framework of the Winter Olympics. Kim Yo-Jong, who is the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, entered the delegation.
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. –