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North Korea's ceremonial leader to visit South Korea for Winter Olympics

© KCNA VIA KNS / AFP | This December 1, 2017 picture released by North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on December 2, 2017 shows President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea, Kim Yong-Nam.

Text by NEWS WIRES

Latest update : 2018-02-05

North Korea's ceremonial leader will visit South Korea this week as Seoul boosts hopes for high-level inter-Korean talks during the Winter Olympics that begin in four days.

Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, will lead a 22-strong delegation expected to arrive in South Korea on Friday for a three-day trip, Seoul's Unification Ministry said on Sunday.

The North's official KCNA news agency confirmed on Monday that Kim would attend the Olympics' opening ceremony on Friday in South Korea's alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.

Kim's visit comes as Seoul is pinning hopes on high-level talks during the Feb. 9-25 Games between not only the two Koreas but also the North and the United States.

The opening ceremony will also be attended by U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other world leaders.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told his U.S. counterpart Donald Trump in a phone call on Friday that the momentum of improved North-South relations would continue and that Pence's visit would be an "important prelude for that", according to the presidential Blue House in Seoul.

Trump said during a meeting with North Korean defectors on Friday that, despite a "very tricky situation", North Korea's participation in the Olympics could result in "something good".

However, a White House official has said Pence planned to use his attendance to counter what he sees as Pyongyang's efforts to "hijack" the Olympics with a propaganda campaign.

Kim is North Korea's nominal head of state, while the country is ruled by Kim Jong Un, the third-generation hereditary leader.

Kim Yong Nam also attended the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

He is not blacklisted by the United Nations or the United States because he is not involved in the North's illicit nuclear and missile programmes or associated with related research institutes.

(REUTERS)

Date created : 2018-02-04

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