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    North Korea's General Kim Yong-chol Set to Attend Winter Olympics 2018

    Updated On 22 Feb, 2018 Published On

    North Korea will send General Kim Yong-chol, one of its highest ranking figures, to attain the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics 2018 in Pyeongchang.

    Gen Kim, who was the North's intelligence chief, is believed to have planned several attacks on South Korea. North Korea's attendance at the Winter Olympics 2018 is seen as a defrost in conflict relations between the two countries.

    North Korea's General Kim Yong-chol Set to Attend Winter Olympics 2018

    North Korea's General Kim Yong-chol Set to Attend Winter Olympics 2018

    Source: chosun

    However, there are concerns Pyongyang has been using the event simply to improve its international image. US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, will lead the US delegation to Pyeongchang over the weekend.

    However, South Korean officials says that they will not hold any formal meeting between North Korea and the United States at the event.

    Gen Kim leads North Korea's department for an inter-Korea relation and heads its spying agency, the Reconnaissance General Bureau.

    The agency was blamed for attacks on South Korea, including the Cheonan navy ship sinking which left 46 South Korean sailors killed in 2010.

    His delegation will stay for three days in South Korea and is expected to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-in.