US VP Pence skips Olympic dinner: Seoul

Pic Getty Images won three gold medals at Sochi 2014

Pic Getty Images won three gold medals at Sochi 2014

North Korea's most powerful woman was sitting behind the VP as she sat with the South Korean president Moon Jae-in.

Kim Yo Jong's promotion past year brought her closer to the center of power in the isolated state.

After arriving at Incheon, the plane is expected to return to the North and come back to the airport on Sunday to pick up the delegation, according to the ministry.

Sceptics say North Korea, which is unlikely to give up its nuclear weapons under any deal, is just using the Olympics to poke holes at the US-led global sanctions against the country and buy time to advance its strategic weaponry.

The supreme leader, later on, talked about how North Korea is a global military power despite the country receiving the "worst" sanctions out of all the countries from the worldwide community.

Although competition for the 2018 Winter Olympics began Thursday, the much-anticipated opening ceremony will be held Friday, Feb. 9.

Her visit has raised speculation in South Korea of a possible meeting between Moon and Kim Jong Un, which would be the first time leaders of the two countries have met in 11 years.


The 23rd Olympic Winter Games will officially kick off Friday in Pyeongchang, South Korea, with fantastic spectacle and a parade of participating nations.

North Korea's appearance follows a rapprochement between the two Koreas on the divided peninsula ahead of the Games.

Despite security concerns at a time of heightened tensions over North Korea's nuclear and missile programs, Kim's message on Friday was clear: peace and hope. Mr. Choe is visiting South Korea as chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee. Forty-six members of its crew were killed in an attack; a South Korean, U.K. and US investigation showed it was carried out by the North.

"I think in the United States of America, just as in France - where the president was impressed on Bastille Day - we can celebrate our troops, not in any way ever be associated with the provocations of the North", he added. A delegation from North Korea, dressed in identical garb, watched from an upper deck of the stadium.

Kim Yo Jong is the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the 1950-53 Korean War as part of a high-level delegation attending the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Yo Jong, who was appointed a senior official in the ruling Workers' party past year, was pictured being ushered around Incheon International Airport in South Korea by security.

The white aircraft had Democratic People's Republic of Korea, North Korea's official name, inscribed in black in Korean on its side, followed by the North Korean flag.

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