Why Ivanka Trump Is Going to the Olympics

Lucy Bush
February 23, 2018

North Korea has cut the volume of its loudspeaker broadcasts since the Olympics' opening ceremony on February 9, a South Korean military official stationed at the border said this month.

But there were also concerns that Pyongyang, which has been widely condemned for its repeated testing of nuclear weapons and conventional missiles, was using the event simply to improve its worldwide image. The ministry stressed the importance of the drill, citing November's North Korean ballistic missile activities.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the memorial during his recent visit to South Korea to attend the opening ceremony of the Games.

Asked if the president's daughter and senior adviser could meet with North Korean officials while in Pyeongchang, South Korea, a senior official replied, "No".

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In the run-up to the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, North Korea bombed South Korea Air Flight 858, killing 115 people.

It would have been the first official interaction between North Korea and the Trump administration.

Using money from the Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund (IKCF), South Korea spent KRW130 million (USD$120,900) on accommodation for the delegation at the five-star Grand Walkerhill hotel in Seoul, KRW50 million (USD$46,245) on transportation, and an additional KRW50 million on meals.

"We will not allow North Korea's attendance at the Winter Olympics to hide the true nature of the regime and the need for the world to remain united in the face of its illicit weapons programmes", she said.

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Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un, also delivered a letter of Kim Jong Un to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, inviting him to visit Pyongyang at a convenient time.

"The upcoming visit by adviser Ivanka is meant to celebrate the successful hosting of the Pyeongchang Olympics and highlight the mutual understanding of the South Korea-US alliance", Noh Kyu-duk, spokesman for the foreign ministry in Seoul, said Tuesday, according to the Yonhap news agency.

Sen. Jim Risch, R-Idaho, will be among those joining Ivanka Trump as part of the official USA delegation, senior administration officials said Wednesday.

North Korea's general reconnaissance bureau head Kim Yong Chol will be part of the closing delegation at the 2018 Winter Olympics.

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The US - among others - has warned against easing pressure on the North Koreans to abandon their nuclear programme and improve their human rights situation. "Perhaps that's why they walked away from a meeting or perhaps they were never honest about sitting down", he said. The plan centers around rallying the global community to further isolate North Korea both diplomatically and economically.

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