Kim Jong Un's sister to make historic visit to South for Olympics

Security guards have been quarantined and are being tested after a possible outbreak of norovirus in Pyeongchang

She'll go to South Korea as part of a high-level delegation that includes Kim Yong-nam, the nominal head of state in North Korea.

Tensions escalated on the Korean peninsula over the course of 2017 as North Korea forged ahead with the development and testing of missiles and nuclear weapons.

By sending a relative, "Kim Jong Un may be trying to present himself as an equal to Donald Trump", Hong said. A year ago she was added to a U.S. blacklist over censorship and human rights abuses.

In December, the UN Security Council unanimously imposed new sanctions on the North, seeking to ban almost 90 percent of refined petroleum exports to the country by capping them at 500,000 barrels a year.

On a refueling stop on his way to Asia, Pence said the aim of his trip was to show American "resolve" in rallying the global community against the Kim regime.

In a rare move, South Korea made a decision to lift sanctions on North Korea in order to "support a successful hosting of the Olympics".

The delegation celebrated its first night in South Korea with a banquet at its hotel, dining on roasted scallops, steak, beef marrow soup and shrimp wrapped in thinly sliced radish, according to a pool report.

Experts said by sending a youthful, photogenic person who will undoubtedly attract global attention during the games, North Korea is trying to construct a fresher and warmer public image and defuse potential USA efforts to use the Olympics to highlight the North's brutal human rights record.

The North Korean regime has planned a major military parade the day before the games, which Pence noted sends a "very different message than the message of cooperation and friendship that they're projecting to much of the world". According to NK Leadership Watch, she is a close aide of her brother's "and since his accession manages his public events, itineraries and logistical needs, among other tasks". What's Kim Jong Un's relations to the generals?

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The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will attend the Winter Olympics in South Korea, the government in Seoul said Wednesday.

Does watching your favorite Olympic athletes compete motivate you to work out? During the April parade, North Korea displayed a new type of missile that US intelligence labeled as the KN-17 and assessed as a single-stage anti-ship missile. As his guest at the opening ceremony, he is taking the father of Otto Warmbier, an American student who died previous year after being imprisoned in North Korea for 17 months.

They looked on tearfully as the President cited their son's treatment as a example of the "menace that threatens our world".

During the London Olympics in 2012, the International Olympic Committee prohibited the Korean footballer from the bronze medal ceremony for showing a sign which read "Dokdo is our territory", after South Korea's victory, although he received his medal later.

Kim Jong-Il fathered both Kim Jong-Un and Kim Yo-Jong with his third partner, former dancer Ko Yong-Hui.

"We will not allow North Korea to hide behind the Olympic banner the reality that they enslave their people and threaten the wider region", he said.

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