North Korea's Kim Yo-jong makes landmark visit to South Korea

북, 김여정 등 고위대표단 역사적 남한 방문

Kim Yo-jong... the influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un... arrived here in South Korea this afternoon on her brother's private jet.
She's here for a three-day visit to attend the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics opening ceremony.... and hold a meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Our Ji Myung-kil has more.
A historic moment on Friday as the North Korean regime's private jet lands at South Korea's Incheon International Airport.

"Kim Yo-jong is the first member of North Korea's ruling Kim family to ever set foot on South Korean soil."

North Korea's four member delegation, including Kim Yo-jong,... was greeted by South Korea's unification minister Cho Myoung-gyun after the North Korean regime's private jet landed in the South.
After disembarking, the delegation headed straight to PyeongChang to attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
Before Kim Yo-jong's arrival, there had been a lot of controversy as she is blacklisted by U.S., and another North Korean official, Choe Hwi, is under UN Security Council sanctions,... but those measures have been waived just for this occasion.
The 30-year old Kim, who has seen her profile within the regime rise steadily since 2014, was promoted to North Korea's politburo last year.

South Korea's presidential office has confirmed that she will be meeting with President Moon on Saturday.
If the meeting goes well... some experts say the visit could lay the foundations for a possible inter-Korean summit between President Moon and Kim Jong-un.
Given her family ties to the young dictator,... experts believe Kim Yo-jong's remarks could be taken to directly represent Kim Jong-un’s current position on inter-Korean relations.
Her visit alone could be a message from the North of its desire to mend ties with the South.
If the two Koreas decide to hold a bilateral summit after the Winter Olympics... it would mark the third of its kind, and first under the Kim Jong-un regime.
The first was held between then-President Kim Dae-jung and then-North Korean leader Kim Jong-il on June 15th, 2000 and the second was held between then-President Roh Moo-hyun and Kim Jong-il on October 4th, 2007.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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