N. Korea to send delegation to PyeongChang closing ceremony

N. Korea to send delegation to PyeongChang closing ceremony”

Ivanka Trump will lead the U.S. delegation to the closing ceremony of the Olympics in South Korea on Sunday, the latest high-profile visit to Winter Games that have been a hotbed of geopolitics.

MOU said in a statement (via Korea Herald) that the acceptance of the North Korean high-level delegation to the PyeongChang 2018 will help advance peace on the Korean Peninsula and the improvement of inter-Korean relations and denuclearization.

On Tuesday, the U.S. State Department said Vice President Mike Pence was set to meet with Kim Yo Jong during the Olympics in South Korea, but that the North's delegation pulled out "at the last minute". She is expected to arrive in Seoul on Friday.

The delegation, which also includes Ri Son Gwon, the head of North Korean agency responsible for inter-Korean relations, will likely meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at the closing ceremony.

The announcement comes a few hours after the White House said it had chosen Ivanka Trump, daughter of President Donald Trump, to lead its Presidential delegation to the closing ceremony on Sunday.

In comparison, the International Olympic Committee paid roughly $50,000 to for the training and preparation of North Korea's 22 Olympic athletes, or about $2,300 each.

Kim Yong Chol, who was the head of North Korea's Reconnaissance General Bureau, is believed to have architected an artillery attack on Yeonpyeong island in November 2010, killing two South Korean Marines and two civilians.

N. Korea to send delegation to PyeongChang closing ceremony

Ayers claimed that after Pence announced plans for new economic sanctions, North Korea "walked away from a meeting or perhaps they were never honest about sitting down".

The distance between Seoul and Washington was laid bare in a meeting between Moon and a North Korean delegation, during which Kim Jong Un's sister passed on his invitation to visit Pyongyang for a summit.

Seoul will accept the proposal, the MOU said.

The two nuclear powers are locked in a standoff over North Korea's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, which could soon threaten the continental United States. She met with South Korea President Moon Jae-in and delivered a letter from his brother.

There's another opportunity for an awkward encounter at the closing ceremony.

"There seems to be a slim chance about possible meaningful talks between the US and North Korea as the North's team consists of officials in charge of affairs with the South", Cheong added.

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