North Korea's Olympics delegation leaves thorny questions behind

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Kim Yo Jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, made the most of her three-day trip to the Winter Olympics in South Korea.

President Thomas Bach plans to visit North Korea after the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, cementing ties with the reclusive state which used the event to restart political dialogue with South Korea.

DPR Korea and South Korea also formed a women's ice hockey team to compete at PyeongChang, first of its kind in the Olympics history.

A Kyodo News Agency poll also found that 53 per cent of Japanese favoured ramping up pressure to make the North give up its nuclear and missile programmes.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong is attending the games, making her the first member of the ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the Korean War.

"The current state of the Korean Peninsula is so dizzying because South Korea, North Korea and the United States are each thinking too differently", the newspaper said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment. "It will be a tough meeting for Mr Moon". The question now is whether he can persuade the North Koreans, his own people and Washington to back his play.

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In dispatching the highest level of government officials the North has ever sent to the South, Kim Jong Un revealed a sense of urgency to break out of deep diplomatic isolation in the face of toughening sanctions over his nuclear program, analysts say.

Accepting North Korea's demand to transport more than 100 members of the art troupe by sea, South Korea treated the Mangyongbong-92 ferry as an exemption to the maritime sanctions it imposed on the North, a controversial move amid concerns that the North is trying to use the Olympics to poke holes in worldwide sanctions. He supported Pence's moves to meet with North Korean defectors, paying respects at a memorial to the 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 torpedo attack blamed on the North. Pence also invited as his Olympics guest the father of US college student Otto Warmbier, who died after he was imprisoned by North Korea for stealing a propaganda poster.

"All the parties concerned have welcomed this invitation to North Korea...", he said.

"The fact that's become the narrative is due in part to things that he's said and his body language", Schoff said.

Samjiyon Band, a North Korean classical music ensemble, held their "Special Concert by Samjiyon Band for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics", concert on February 11 at the Haeoreum Theater in Seoul.

Pennington and Associated Press writer Jon Lemire contributed from Washington.

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