Korean president to host Ivanka, US delegates in welcome dinner

The White House said Donald Trump had asked his eldest daughter to travel to Pyeongchang to lead a ‘high level delegation

South Korea's Moon Jae-in is to honor U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter and presidential advisor in Seoul on Friday with a dinner that conforms to her diet, and Seoul is expecting Ivanka Trump, 36, to deliver a personal message from her father.

"It's certainly possible that Ivanka will try to do for the United States what Kim Yo Jong did for North Korea", Mintaro Oba, a former USA diplomat who worked on North Korea policy, told the Guardian.

Gen Kim's agency was accused of masterminding attacks on South Korea, including the sinking of the Cheonan navy ship which killed 46 South Korean sailors in 2010. The younger sister of North Korea's leader is the country's head of propaganda. -South Korea relations with Moon, according to the report.

The Games have seen a flurry of cross-border visits and diplomacy on the habitually tense peninsula, where strains were racked up previous year as the North conducted a battery of weapons tests and its leader Kim Jong Un exchanged personal insults and threats of war with Trump.

Mr Moon hopes to make the Olympics an avenue for peace on the divided Korean Peninsula.

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Ivanka Trump has been officially confirmed as leading the United States delegation attending the Closing Ceremony of Pyeongchang 2018 here on Sunday (February 25). Who is North Korea's representative, Kim Yo Jong, and what is her relationship with Kim Jong Un?

Her arrival came two weeks after the surprise visit by Kim Yo-jong, the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, created something of a sensation in South Korea, overshadowing Vice President Mike Pence's trip to the Olympics at the same time.

But North-South discussions would have a limited impact on wider tensions, said Andrei Lankov, a North Korea expert and a professor at Kookmin University in Seoul.

The US has hinted that it is now up to the North to initiate talks.

Washington has sought to project resolve in the face of a growing threat from the North - which has tested intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of reaching the U.S. mainland and past year carried out its most powerful nuclear blast to date.


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