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United Nations asked to exempt blacklisted individual to attend Olympics

09 February 2018

Kim Yo Jong and Kim Jong-un are believed to be particularly close because they attended the same private school in Switzerland, and since they are close in age, they overlapped while at school.

"We'll be ensuring that whatever cooperation that's existing between North and South Korea today on Olympic teams does not cloud the reality of a regime that must continue to be isolated by the world community".

Abe and Pence's stinging criticism of North Korea's "smile diplomacy" is aimed at reining in the Moon administration's rapprochement toward Pyongyang.

In October, Kim Yo-jong was promoted to the party's politburo, an opaque, all-powerful decision-making body that decides top state affairs.

Kim Yo-jong would be the first member of the Kim family, born on the sacred Mount Paektu, which is a centrepiece of the North's idolization and propaganda campaign, to cross the border to the South.

In this image made from video by North Korea's KRT, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, center, attends a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

It is understood she returned to North Korea in 2000 having completed primary school and went on to become a computer scientist.

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Vice President Mike Pence is trying to counter North Korean "propaganda" around the Winter Olympics with his own symbolism and rhetoric, shining a spotlight on the North's nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses. She was promoted by her brother a year ago to be an alternate member of the decision-making political bureau of the ruling party's central committee, which analysts said showed that her activities are more substantive than previously thought.

The Koreas agreed to open their conciliatory gestures over the Pyeongchang Games with joint practices and friendly competitions between their skiers at North Korea's Masik winter resort.

En route to Japan, Pence declined to rule out a meeting with the North Korean delegation also attending the opening ceremony, offering the faintest hope of a diplomatic breakthrough.

"We have no intention to meet the U.S. side during our visit to South Korea", Jo said in a terse statement reported by state-run news agency KCNA. However, South Korean government sources have since denied the accuracy of these reports.

Pence has lambasted the North, announcing in Tokyo yesterday that the United States would impose its toughest sanctions to date on the regime.

Mr Pence has embarked on a set of symbolic visits created to draw attention to the North's awful human rights record and nuclear aggression.

"President Moon will receive the North Korean delegation and have lunch with them on February 10", Kim Eui-kyeom told journalists, without disclosing the venue for the meal.

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After the raising of the flag, the mass march kicked off with an inspection by North Korea's generals and singing.

It is rare for a high-level official to defect.

"As for whether she or any of the other North Korean delegation members will meet the vice-president or members of our delegation, I will just say we have not requested a meeting, as the vice-president himself noted", Knapper said.

Those who successfully make it to the South often struggle to fit in, with studies estimating 25 per cent of all defectors have seriously considered returning home.

Once in a while, she would appear behind Kim Jong-un on a stadium peeking onto the stage during state events, or walking around freely near Kim Jong-un and his wife while they toured the nation's various monumental spots. "Kim Jong-nam, the leader's half brother, was assassinated by apparent North Korean agents at Kuala Lumpur global airport in Malaysia past year".

Eric Clapton concert in Singapore in 2011 - the same year their father, Kim Jong Il, died.

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United Nations asked to exempt blacklisted individual to attend Olympics