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North Korean Leader Kim Jong-un's Sister to visit South Korea for Winter Olympics

Updated On 07 Feb, 2018 Published On

Kim Jong-un's sister, Kim Yo-jong will visit South Korea to attend the Winter Olympics opening ceremony on Friday, according to Seoul's Unification Ministry.

Pyongyang notified Seoul that Kim Yo-jong would be accompanying North Korea's nominal head of state, Kim Yong-nam, along with two other senior officials, said the ministry.

North Korean Leader Kim Yo-jong's Sister to visit South Korea for Winter Olympics

North Korean Leader Kim Yo-jong's Sister to visit South Korea for Winter Olympics

Source: abc

The two other officials are the chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, Choe Hwi, and the head of the North's agency, Ri Son-gwon in charge of inter-Korean affairs, according to South Korea's Yonhap News Agency.

The statement was the first confirmation a member of the North's ruling family would be included.

Last year, 28 years old Kim Yo-jong was promoted by her brother to be an alternate member of the decision-making political bureau of the ruling party's central committee.

Analysts said the move showed that Kim Yo-jong's activities were more substantive and more important than previously thought.

Kim Yo-jong is now believed to be one of Kim Jong-un's closest confidants.