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Ivanka Trump takes in big air snowboarding at 2018 Winter Olympics

01 March 2018

North Korea is developing nuclear-tipped missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un exchanged increasingly bellicose taunts before a sudden puncturing of tensions coinciding with the Games, with the North sending athletes and delegates.

Moon met Sunday with a North Korean delegation led by Kim Yong Chol, a former general whom South Korea has accused of being behind two attacks on the South that killed 50 people in 2010.

Ivanka did not say anything in response to a question about North Korea saying that it was willing to talk to the US.

On Sunday, South Korea confirmed another interesting name on the list: Choi Kang Il, deputy director of North American affairs.

Kim Yong-chol (R), head of a North Korean delegation to the closing of the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, arrives at a Seoul hotel, shortly after crossing the inter-Korean border on February 25, 2018.

On Sunday, Kim Yong-chol, the high-ranking official leading the North Korean delegation, which is here until Tuesday, told South Korean President Moon Jae-in that Pyongyang has "enough" willingness to begin dialogue with Washington, according to Seoul's presidential office.

Ivanka Trump is scheduled to have dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in later in the day.

South Korea may also need to persuade the United States and Japan, which are concerned North Korea is using its outreach to Seoul to relieve pressure over its nuclear programs.

Attention is now focusing on if and when the US and North Korea will seek direct bilateral contact of any kind to discuss denuclearization.

US Vice-President Mike Pence awkwardly sat nearly directly in front of Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, at the Olympics opening ceremony, where athletes from the two Koreas marched together.

On Friday, Washington announced its largest package of sanctions yet on North Korea, and Trump warned of a "phase two" that could be "very, very unfortunate for the world" if the steps did not work - an apparent reference to military options his administration says remain on the table.

Russian athletes who had proved they were clean were allowed to compete as Olympic Athletes from Russia under the neutral Olympic flag, but the Russian flag and Russian anthem were banned from the Games. The United States applied new sanctions Friday in an extension of what it calls a "maximum pressure campaign" to force North Korea to disarm.

But the United States has insisted that any future talks with North Korea must be aimed at that country's denuclearization, something Pyongyang has rejected. "We have no planned meetings or interactions with North Korea".

US President Donald Trump's eldest daughter and key adviser Ivanka will also attend the event, creating protocol headaches for Seoul officials. "This shows that South Korea is alive and kicking".

The North Korea delegation plans to return home from South Korea on February 27.

Kim Ui-gyeom, a spokesperson for the Blue House, the presidential office, said that, just like South Korea, the delegation from Pyongyang believed that U.S.

While that claim was questionable - previous USA measures have targeted bigger players in the North Korean economy, including Chinese and Russian banks and business networks - it significantly tightens the noose on North Korean trading.

The delegation told Moon during a meeting in Pyeongchang that North Korea was open to talks with Washington.

Ivanka Trump takes in big air snowboarding at 2018 Winter Olympics