Korean president hosts lunch for Kim Jong Un's sister


This photo, taken on February 10, 2018, shows Kim Yo-jong, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister (L) and Kim Yong-nam, the North's ceremonial head of state (R), joining a dinner hosted by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon in Gangneung, the sub-host city of the Olympics.

Numerous protestors carried American flags, and one carried a banner making a direct plea to President Donald Trump. "Additionally, this new missile does appear to be slightly larger than North Korea's existing solid-fuel, short-range missile system-the Toksa (SS-21)-so would presumably have a longer range, making it roughly equivalent to the Iskander or Hyunmoo-2 systems".

He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government.

Earlier in the day, Kim Yo-jong, as the North ruler's special envoy, delivered his letter to President Moon Jae-in, which includes an invitation of the South's leader to Pyongyang at an early date.

Kim's sister, Kim Yo Jong, was at the opening ceremony with North Korea's nominal head of state, 90-year-old Kim Yong Nam.

"The fact that we are here together will mark the precious start of our first step toward global peace", Moon said.

Analysts believe the Olympic diplomatic drive by the North - which put its ICBMs on show at a military parade in Pyongyang on Thursday - seeks to loosen the sanctions against it and undermine the alliance between Seoul and Washington.

Kim Dae-jung won the Nobel Peace Prize for his "Sunshine Policy" toward Pyongyang later in the year. For the people of the Korean Peninsula, that was likely more significant than Pence's non-interaction with Kim Yo-jong.

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On the same page is a photo of Kim Yo Jong shaking hands with Moon at the Olympic opening ceremony on Friday.

In a rude gesture, he remained seated when athletes from the Korean contingent marched in the opening ceremony.

The highest profile member of the North Korean delegation to the Games, she is the first immediate member of the North's ruling family to visit the South since the 1950-1953 Korean war.

White House officials stressed that Pence had applauded only for the American team, but Asia experts said the vice president's refusal to stand could be seen as disrespectful to the hosts.

The North Korean delegates later Saturday may attend the debut of the first-ever inter-Korean Olympic team at the women's ice hockey tournament in Gangneung.

The games have turned into an opportunity to cool tensions between the two Koreas, after initial doubt that North Korea would participate at all. They may also see a performance by a visiting North Korean art troupe in Seoul on Sunday before flying back to Pyongyang.