Family Member of Kim Jong Un to Attend 2018 Winter Olympics

February 07, 2018Feb 07, 2018

The 2018 Winter Olympic Games is only days away. On Friday, February 9th, the opening ceremony will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea to kick off the series of winter sporting events.

The major worldwide event is set to include several special guests including Vice President Mike Pence (and his guest—Otto Warmbier’s father) and Ivanka Trump. Recently, the White House announced that Ivanka will lead the presidential delegation for the closing ceremony, as well as appear at several sporting events.

On Wednesday, another guest of the Olympics was revealed—a family member of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. His youngest sister, Kim Yo Jong—the vice-director of the regime’s propaganda and agitation department, will attend the opening ceremony, reported PEOPLE.

Over the past few years, Kim Jong Un's little sister has become a prominent figure in the eyes of North Korea. Last year, she rose to higher power and influence after being welcomed into North Korea's highest political assembly—Workers Party's Politburo, stated PEOPLE.

This news comes amid high tension between the U.S. and North Korea. However, according to CNN, South Korea is hopeful that Kim Yo Jong’s appearance will contribute to mending their relationship with their bordering country.

"We believe that the North's announcement of the delegation shows its willingness to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula along with a message of celebration for the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games," South Korea said in a statement. "It is significant that the delegation also includes Kim Yo Jong, who is Chairman Kim Jong Un's sister and holds an important position in the Workers' Party of Korea."

The Winter Olympic Games end on February 29th.  

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