Moon to meet Kim's sister

Singer Hyon Song Wol and members of a North Korean delegation arrived in Seoul last month.  Getty

Singer Hyon Song Wol and members of a North Korean delegation arrived in Seoul last month. Getty

Mr Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said the North Korean delegates will attend the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday evening.

The delegation, led by the North's ceremonial leader Kim Jong Nam, will arrive at Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, around 1:30 p.m., the ministry said.

While North Korea isn't expected to bring home many medals from the Winter Olympics in South Korea, Kim Jong Un has already won more than he could've hoped.

The tough talk from the Trump administration sheds light on the gaps between American and South Korean diplomatic strategies toward the North.

She is likely to meet South Korean President Moon Jae In and give him a personal letter from her brother, he added.

"North Korea and South Korea are in a period of major overtures", our correspondent said, .

Japan and the USA want to intensify military pressure on North Korea after the Paralympics wrap up in March.

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a tweet that the sanctions would be unveiled "in the coming weeks" and urged all countries to fully implement existing United Nations sanctions and to back the US pressure campaign by expelling North Korean "financial facilitators and trade reps".

She arrives after the entire North Korean delegation made it to Pyeongchang, including 10 athletes, hundreds of cheerleaders, 21 journalists, 26 taekwondo instructors, and 4 National Olympic Committee officials.

Choe Hwi's visit, however, requires the South be granted a temporary exemption from worldwide sanctions against the DPRK. If no objections are raised by any of the 15 members by Thursday afternoon, then the request will be approved.

Meanwhile, Moon on Thursday held a bilateral meeting with Chinese special enjoy Han Zheng, who also serves as a member of the Standing Committee of Political Bureau of Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC).

Sceptics think the North is trying to use the Olympics to weaken US-led sanctions and buy more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles program.

Pence has brought with him to the Games Fred Warmbier, the father of USA 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. KCNA described the protesters as "headless chickens", saying they amounted to "no more than a group of benighted gangsters inferior to beasts".

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