South Korea's Moon to meet Kim Jong-un's sister at Winter Olympics

South Korea's Moon to meet Kim Jong-un's sister at Winter Olympics

"The North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un's little sister will be representing the regime at the opening of the Olympics, where North and South Korea are going to be marching together".

Pence arrives in Seoul on Thursday for meetings with President Moon Jae-in just as South Korea seizes on the games for a diplomatic opening with the North, including the first visit of North Korea's ruling family since the end of the 1950-53 Korean War.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un (R), and his sister Kim Yo Jong watch a military parade at Kim Il Sung Square in Pyongyang, North Korea on May 10, 2016.

"Our resolve to stand with you is unshakable", Pence said.

Moon plans to host the North Korean delegation for lunch with the goal of restoring a high-level dialogue between the two countries after a hiatus of more than two years and of opening the door, maybe later this year, to a meeting between himself and Mr. Kim.

Pence also warned against allowing North Korea to use the Olympics for propaganda purposes.

Aides acknowledged that the hard-nosed message is an unusual one for the affable Pence, but said the circumstances warrant the tone.

However, Seoul has hinted at attempting to forge closer relations with Pyongyang, saying today the South would be open to discussing resuming tours to North Korea's Mount Kumgang once the security of tourists was guaranteed and conditions relating to North Korea's nuclear programme were met.

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Pence told reporters that part of the objective of his visit was to tell "the truth about North Korea at every stop".

Following the launch from a site north of the capital, North Korean state media announced the November test was a success.

The North Korean 22-member Olympic delegation will be headed by Kim Yong-nam, the president of the Presidium of North Korea's Parliament, who serves as a nominal head of state. "We have never begged for dialogue with the United States nor in the future, too", the North's KCNA news agency quoted him as saying.

The North's conciliatory moves related to the Olympics have generally been welcomed in the South.

Vice-President Mike Pence is trying to counter North Korean "propaganda" around the Winter Olympics with his own symbolism and rhetoric, shining a spotlight on the North's nuclear weapons program and human rights abuses.

She will be part of a high-level 22-member delegation that experts say is part of a campaign to fix relations with South Korea and begin talks with the U.S.to ease sanctions on the isolated communist regime.

He also ratcheted up his rhetoric on the North's human rights abuses in a speech to USA service members at Yokota Air Base in Japan.

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