Pence avoids Kim Jong-un's sister at Olympics

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(VIDEO IN) The powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is here to meet the South Korean president with as we said, the North's nominal head of state Kim Yong-nam, Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, who led inter-Korean talks last month.

She is part of an official North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, and she attended the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday.

While Kim Jong Un expressed his willingness to improve inter-Korean ties in a personal letter delivered by his younger sister Yo Jong to Moon, the South Korean president stressed the involvement of the United States, saying, "U.S".

Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit.

But South Korea's presidential Blue House said Mr Pence had a meeting scheduled with U.S. athletes and had only planned to stay briefly to greet other officials.

"Make no mistake about it, the United States of America has viable military options to deal with a nuclear threat from North Korea but, that being said, we hope for a better path", he said.

Separately, the presidential office said Moon and Kim Yong Nam, the North's ceremonial leader who is leading the delegation, will together cheer their countries' unified female ice hockey team in a match later Saturday.

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The four senior DPRK delegates will have a meeting and lunch with President Moon on Saturday, according to South Korea's presidential Blue House.

An inter-Korean summit would be the third of its kind, after Kim's father and predecessor Kim Jong Il met the South's Kim Dae-jung and Roh Moo-hyun in 2000 and 2007 respectively, both of them in Pyongyang.

The outfits include Zhivago-style fur pillbox hats (one might say they look more like they'd belong to another authoritarian regime north of the Korean Peninsula), ruby red car-length coats with black fur stoles, black leather gloves, and booties. The North's political delegation was set to leave Sunday.

North Korea has spent years developing its military, saying it needs to protect itself from US aggression. The North Koreans had met with Abe at the earlier reception and with Moon.

She is believed to be a major player in the North Korean government, effectively controlling the country's public relations, for lack of a better term. North and South Korean athletes even marched together during the opening ceremony in PyeongChang, just 50 miles from the North Korean border.

The White House said Pence didn't avoid Yong Nam, noting instead that the North Korean leader was seated elsewhere.

President Trump has traded insults with North Korea's leader and has led efforts to slap sanctions on the country for its refusal to yield to global pressure to halt its nuclear weapons program.

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