Pyeongchang. In an historic first, the South Korean President Moon Jae-in welcomed senior North Korean officials, including leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong, to Seoul's presidential palace for a lunch meeting Saturday, CNN reports.
North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's sister, making an unprecedented visit to South Korean soil, will now likely attend the same opening ceremony as U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, who's vowing toughest-ever sanctions on the North.
Even the dessert served at the dinner reception was symbolic, a blue chocolate map of the Koreas divided by a dark chocolate piece of barbed wire.
Smiling, he shook hands with each of the delegates ahead of their talks, and television footage showed that Kim Yo Jong - who analysts expected to bring a personal message from her brother - was carrying a blue folder emblazoned with a seal.
Moon apparently cited the conditions necessary for an inter-Korean summit.
Moon met with North Korea's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam Friday, and believes the Winter Olympics are a chance to create peace between the two technically still warring countries.
The poor showing didn't stop the sellout crowd from cheering throughout much of the game, the chants led often by North Korea's famous cheering group, and it didn't lessen the import of the event. "It's only when they get off the ice and they realize that all the media are here to talk to them that we're not just one team competing in the Olympics".
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Since diplomatic efforts are "almost zero", sources said this may signal a "calm before the storm", with North Korea quietly preparing its next moves for after the Olympics.
Since 2015 she has been entrusted with North Korea's Propaganda and Agitation Department, and is often seen shadowing her brother on official propaganda tours of the country.
Moon, on the other hand, has repeatedly stressed the need to keep the inter-Korean dialogue moving forward, so they may lead to a resumption of worldwide negotiations on ending the North's nuclear ambitions.
The Korean team, guaranteed a berth in the Games as the host nation, is not expected to win a medal. It is said that she has oversight over public statements released by the government, according to NBC News.
Mr Moon said the Koreas should "make it happen" and encouraged the north to return to negotiations with the US.
South Korean figure skating superstar Kim Yuna lit the Olympic cauldron at the Winter Games.
As if to drive the point home, Kim Jong Un used the eve of the Olympics to throw a massive military parade in Pyongyang that was highlighted by several huge intercontinental ballistic missiles rolled out in launcher trucks.