(NORTH KOREA, LANKAPUVATH) –The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend the Winter Olympic Games which open in Pyeongchang in the South on Friday, ministers in Seoul say.
Kim Yo-jong, a senior Workers’ Party official promoted to the politburo last year, will be the first immediate Kim family member to cross the border.
Both Koreas will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.
The North’s participation has been seen as a thawing of bilateral ties.
However, the US, Japan and others have accused the North of using the Games for propaganda purposes.
Who is Kim Yo-jong?
Believed to have been born in 1987, she is the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il and is Kim Jong-un’s full sister. She is about four years younger than her brother and is said to be very close to him.
She is reportedly married to the son of Choe Ryong-hae, the powerful party secretary.