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N.Korean high-level Olympic delegation arrives in Seoul

IANS  |  Seoul 

A high level North Korean delegation including Kim Jong-un's sister arrived here on Friday to attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang and to hold a meeting with South Korean Moon Jae-in.

The high-level government delegation to the quadrennial event, headed by North Korea's ceremonial Kim Yong-nam, arrived at on a North Korean airplane, reports News Agency.

The 22-member delegation includes the North Korean leader's sister Kim Yo-jong, who is also a key of the ruling

They are expected to soon travel to the eastern city of PyeongChang, located some 180 kkm from Seoul, where the opening ceremony will take place later in the day.

Kim Yong-nam, of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, is also scheduled to attend a reception dinner hosted by Moon that will also involve US Vice and Japanese

The North Korean delegates will return to for a Saturday lunch meeting with Moon, possibly at his presidential office Cheong Wa Dae.

is technically the highest ranking North Korean official to visit South Korea, while is the only member of the Pyogyang's ruling family to have ever visited the South.

The divided Koreas have held two rounds of inter-Korean summits, in 2000 and 2007, both in

The official delegation will return home Sunday.

agreed to take part in in bilateral talks with last month, which marked the first inter-Korean dialogue in more than two years.

The North has sent 22 athletes and hundreds of cheerleaders, performers and taekwondo demonstrators to PyeongChang.

A 140-member art troupe from the North performed in the eastern city of on Thursday and will do so again in on Sunday.

The Games will conclude on February 25.



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First Published: Fri, February 09 2018. 10:58 IST