WATCH: Kim Jong Un’s Sister Arrives at South Korea Winter Olympics in Historic Visit
The Winter Olympics are underway, and aside from the scheduled sports, there’s also an intense political game running concurrently: the diplomatic back and forth between host country South Korea and its bitter rival in the North.
Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, arrived in Pyeongchang on Friday accompanied by a delegation from the Hermit Kingdom.
The dramatic turn of events also marks the first visit by a member of her family to South Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953.
Per AP noted, her arrival comes “amid hopes that North Korea’s participation in the Olympics could lead to a diplomatic breakthrough and reverse growing tensions over the rogue regime’s nuclear weapons program.”
Experts on the region, however, are wary:
But analysts remain skeptical that their participation will lead to lasting changes in North Korea’s behavior, and the public here has been wary of South Korean President Moon Jae-in’s effort to use the Olympics as diplomatic tool.
Despite those reservations, the presence of a member of Kim Jong Un’s family could spark impromptu meetings that lead to breakthroughs. Kim Yo Jong is “an influential member of the regime, and her presence is a signal her brother wants to bestow importance on the delegation.”
Watch Kim Yo Jong arrive at the Olympic Games’ opening ceremony above via USA Today, descending an escalator with the delegation. Also at the ceremony: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, and impersonators of President Donald Trump and Jong Un:
Trump and Kim impersonators at the opening ceremonies pic.twitter.com/tsoqwOExLU
— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) February 9, 2018
You can follow live coverage of the opening ceremony here.
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