N. Korean leader's powerful sister lands in S. Korea; Pres. Moon greets North's nominal head

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A North Korean private jet carrying a group of high-level officials including Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of the regime's leader... landed in South Korea earlier today.
All eyes are on whether there will be any kind of development in inter-Korean relations during the ruling family member's unprecedented visit to the South.
Our Moon Connyoung joins us live from the top office.

Right. The North Korean leader's private jet carrying a high-level delegation including leader Kim Jong-un's sister landed in South Korea earlier this afternoon. They're here to attend the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics - that's in an hour from now.

Roughly twenty minutes behind schedule, the entourage led by the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam arrived at Incheon International Airport. They were greeted by South Korea's Unification Minister and the deputy director of the presidential Blue House National Security Council.

With that, the 30-year-old Kim Yo-jong has become the first member of North Korea's ruling family to set foot in the South since the Korean War in the early 1950s.

After a brief encounter between high-level officials from the two Koreas, the North Koreans including the influential sister of Kim Jong-un traveled by South Korea's KTX bullet train to PyeongChang.

They have since arrived in PyeongChang... and the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam is currently attending the Pre Opening Ceremony Reception hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
What to look out for from the reception this evening: will there be contact between the U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam? What kind of vibe will we see from the Moon, Kim Yong-nam encounter?

Are we expecting any contact between President Moon Jae-in and the Kim Yo-jong?

While Kim Yo-jong is NOT attending the Pre Opening Ceremony Reception tonight... President Moon Jae-in has said he will host a luncheon for the North Koreans on Saturday.
Sources say an informal luncheon between Kim and the South Korean delegation would give her more freedom to interact with the South Koreans than anybody else in the North Korean delegation.

Hosting an informal lunch for the high level North Korean delegation avoids any protocol format where only one main speaker has a voice.
That main speaker would normally be Kim Yong-nam, the head of the delegation and North Korea's ceremonial head of state, but in this case, what the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has to say will take much more significance and meaning.

Both sides are maintaining a delicate balance to avoid any diplomatic upsets that could risk overshadowing the Winter Olympics.
Daniel.

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