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North Korea Sending Kim Jong Un's Sister to 2018 Olympics

08 February 2018

North Korea also on Wednesday sent a 280-member delegation, including 229 members of a state-trained cheering group, via the land border for the Olympics.

But the event organizers have announced that the North Korean and Iranian athletes at the Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones because of existing United Nations sanctions.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, an increasingly prominent figure in the country's leadership, will be part of the North's delegation to the South Korean Winter Olympics, officials said yesterday.

North and South Korea will march as a unified team under a neutral Korean peninsula flag at the opening ceremony of the Olympics on Friday.

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"Vice President Pence is quite capable of making the call on that there, while he's in Korea", Mattis said.

Pence has brought with him to the Games Fred Warmbier, the father of us citizen Otto Warmbier, who patronized the North Korean tourist industry before being arrested and tortured to death for allegedly tampering with a propaganda poster in Pyongyang. "We will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile program once and for all".

A military parade took place in North Korea's capital of Pyongyang on Thursday, South Korean government sources said citing information received from the U.S. military, Japan's NHK reports.

Yokota is the headquarters of both U.S. Forces Japan and the Air Self-Defense Forces Air Defense Command - a fact that some say makes it particularly at risk of a missile attack by North Korea.

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"We hope that the Winter Olympics may go some way in encouraging North Korea into dialogue, to get them back to the negotiating table", Ms Bishop said.

The North's official delegation is scheduled to arrive here Friday, Seoul's unification ministry said earlier.

But here it gets really bad: On Wednesday, it was announced that brutal dictator Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jung, and Choe Hwi, another apparatchik of Kim's regime, will also attend the Olympics.

Kim said Moon will hold a luncheon with the North Korean delegates on Saturday.

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Believed to be in her late 20s, Kim Yo Jong shares the same mother as the North Korean leader. According to NK Leadership Watch, she is a close aide of her brother's "and since his accession manages his public events, itineraries, and logistical needs, among other tasks". After her elevation, the US Treasury Department had reportedly included her on the list of blacklisted officials of North Korea.

North Korea Sending Kim Jong Un's Sister to 2018 Olympics