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South Korean MPs demand execution of North's Olympic delegate

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"It is a great honour to be here in South Korea with the US delegation".

Ivanka and a senior White House adviser arrived in Seoul on Friday on a commercial flight.

Earlier this week, the USA government said Pence had been set to meet North Korean officials during his visit to South Korea, but that the North Korean side canceled at the last minute.

South Korea's Unification Ministry acknowledged it was a hard decision to make - one that it chose to allow in the end because it hopes to use the Olympic closing ceremony as an opportunity to advance discussions for improving ties.

The inclusion of Kim, a former spy chief who's on the list of individuals sanctioned by the US and South Korea, is considered controversial given his past ties to a fatal torpedo attack on a South Korean warship in 2010.

"North Korea's art troupe came here and performed with dances and songs, and it might seem like a fancy show on the outside", Lee, a 42-year-old former military musician, said.

"North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympic Games has served as an opportunity for us to engage in active discussions between the two Koreas and this has led to lowering of tensions on the peninsula and an improvement in inter-Korean relations", Moon said Friday during his meeting with Trump.

Relatives of the 46 killed on the Cheonan corvette urged Seoul to scrap the visit by Kim Yong Chol who will head an eight-member delegation at the Games' closing ceremony Sunday.

Mr Kim Hyung Soo, 54, defected to South Korea in 2009 with his son, a skier who competed in the North Korean national league.

South Korean conservatives are outraged that Kim Yong Chol is being allowed to visit the South.

Kim was head of the North's military intelligence when the attacks took place and is now a vice chairman of the ruling party's central committee tasked with inter-Korea relations.

-South Korea joint military exercises, which were postponed until after the PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics end in late March, could also mark the end of the current diplomatic outreach to North Korea. "To say, 'Here's what's coming next if you don't make changes in your policy to our benefit, '" Stanton said.

The North's leader gave "important" instructions to officials to come up with practical measures to improve inter-Korean ties, Pyongyang's state media said on February 13.

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -While hundreds of millions of the world's people get ready to watch the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Sunday, North Koreans are still waiting to see an event.

Kim Yo Jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, sits behind a stone-faced US Vice-President Mike Pence at the opening ceremony.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in negotiated a delay in this year's exercises to ensure the safety of the winter Olympics games being held close to the inter-Korean border.

She also delivered an invitation from her brother for Moon to visit North Korea.

Even taking into account the North's reluctance to portray South Korea in a positive light, the blackout is a bit mysterious.

"Even if she does not carry messages from her father, her remarks can give a clue to grasping what the Trump administration really thinks".

Supporters chanted "Dae-han-min-guk (Republic of Korea)!" as they clapped rhythmically in unison.

The Swedish team was led by captain Anna Hasselborg in her very first Olympic appearance, with solid performances Sara McManus, Agnes Knochenhauer, Sofia Mabergs and Jennie Waahlin.

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