Kim's sister in South Korea on landmark Olympic visit

Kim's sister in South Korea on landmark Olympic visit
From Al Jazeera - February 8, 2018

In a landmark visit, a high-level North Korean delegation, including leader Kim Jong-un's younger sisterhas arrived in South Korea in the face of the opening ceremony of the 2018Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Kim Yo Jong's arrival at the Incheon airport on Friday marked the first time a member of North Korea's ruling family has crossed the border since the 1950 Korean War.

Arriving on her brother's private jet for a three-day visit, Kim Yo Jong and the country's 90-year-old nominal head of state Kim Yong Nam are scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday in a luncheon at Seoul's presidential palace.

The North Korean delegation also includes Choe Hwi, chairman of the country's National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North's agency that deals with inter-Korean affairs.

Both North and South Korea are due to march together under a "unification flag" at the opening ceremony on Friday.

Meanwhile, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has also arrived in South Korea.

Before departing for Pyeongchang, Abe said co-operation between Japan, the US and South Korea on North Korea's nuclear threat remained strong.

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