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Kim's sister, South Korean leader Moon to meet at Olympics opener

09 February 2018

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will not be present at the games, which began on Wednesday - though the opening ceremony will be held Friday.

Earlier in the day, Moon met with China's Politburo Standing Committee member Han Zheng, and urged Beijing to aid his efforts to bring about Washington-Pyongyang dialogue.

"Our forces are ready and our nation is resolved", Pence said in a speech to US troops at the Yokota Air Base in Japan, as he prepared to fly to South Korea to attend the Winter Olympics.

The sister of Kim Jong Un will make her debut on the world stage at South Korea's Winter Olympics, as the USA revealed plans for its "toughest" sanctions yet on the North.

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North Korea's delegation is being led by Kim Yong Nam, one of North Korea's most powerful politicians.

He told United States troops at Yokota Air Base in Japan that the USA and its allies were striving to peacefully dismantle the regime's nuclear programme and alleviate the suffering of its people, but reiterated that all options were on the table. He has limited room to maneuver as his guest from Washington strongly criticizes the North and emphasizes the need to crank up the pressure campaign. US officials declined to provide details of the expected sanctions. They are expected to be implemented before the conclusion of the games.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) on Thursday said the process was underway at the UN Security Council sanctions committee and that the final decision hasn't yet been made.

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"We. have become capable of showcasing our stature as a world-class military power to the world", said Mr Kim, wearing a long black coat and black fedora. If the North Koreans have mastered the technologies needed for a re-entry vehicle and targeting systems, they will have a fully functioning nuclear deterrent.

Only Kim Yong Nam, President of the Presidium of the DPRK's Supreme People's Assembly, will participate in a reception before the opening ceremony hosted by Moon, who will then meet the full delegation for lunch on Saturday.

Notably, North Korea did not unveil any brand-new weapons. The statement came following Mike Pence's bellicose warning of more economic sanctions against Pyongyang before the end of the Winter Olympics, the "toughest and most aggressive" sanctions yet. -South Korean military exercises after the Olympics would not only damage inter-Korean relations but also drive the nuclear standoff to the point of "ruin". He added that the policy is backed by "viable military options".

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In a meeting, Abe and Pence discussed the fact that North Korea has conducted "ship-to-ship" smuggling transfers at sea of goods from other countries, such as refined petroleum products.

Kim's sister, South Korean leader Moon to meet at Olympics opener