Ivanka Trump receives red-carpet welcome for Olympic visit

A previously unknown network of North Korean hackers has targeteding companies worldwide including one in the Middle East in retaliation for a failed business deal. Korean Central News Agency  Korea News Service via AP

The apparent difference between the two was displayed as the South Korean leader hosted US President Donald Trump's daughter and other US delegates for dinner at his office Cheong Wa Dae, Yonhap news agency reported.

Pence left the dinner after five minutes, saying he was due to dine with America's Olympic athletes, but his biggest offense in the view of many critics was not standing up when the unified North and South Korean team marched by flying the unified Korea flag of the Korean peninsula, in light blue against a white field.

Although the PDRK sent another high-level delegation to the event, the adviser and daughter of Trump until the momento does not have in her agenda to meet North Koreans.

But a senior administration official ruled out any possible meeting between Ms Trump and officials from North Korea.

Her trip to South Korea has drawn inevitable comparisons with that of the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, whose attention-grabbing visit at the start of the Games was regarded as a diplomatic success for the North. Earlier this week, the USA government said Pence had been set to meet North Korean officials during his visit to South Korea, but that the North Korean side canceled at the last minute.

Ivanka Trump and the White House press secretary, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, were greeted at the airport on Friday by local media.

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.

The family connections will be reversed at Sunday's closing ceremony. In that previous role, he was accused of planning an attack in 2010 on the Cheonan, a South Korean warship, that killed 46 sailors, and the shelling of South Korea's Yeonpyeong island the same year.

The line was closed during the presidency of Lee Myung-bak, and the potential changes reflect the ongoing inter-Korea rapprochement that began with a North Korea's decision to attend the Winter Games. The US and South Korea have already announced they will resume annual military exercises in the coming months, a move that is sure to enrage Pyongyang.

The South Korean government spent $223,000 hosting the North Korean delegation during their three-day visit. For one thing, getting back to those military exercises, the North is demanding, yet again, that South Korea cancel them.

Jun said it was "shameless" for Pyongyang to send Kim to the closing ceremony and described his attendance as a "rare humiliation" for South Korea, unless he was coming to "kneel before our people" and humbly apologize for his deeds, which seems unlikely.

Kim Yong-chol is a familiar figure to South Korean negotiators. The reason, according to the White House, was that the North Koreans were sure Pence would want to tell them of the need to give up their nuclear program, a centerpiece of North Korean pride. Assuming the war games go ahead, will we be treated to more North Korean tests of long-range missiles capable of delivering a warhead to the U.S.? It could also be an effort to create a little tension between South Korea and the United States, which might be less than enthusiastic about approving his visit.

"We absolutely oppose a visit to the South by Kim Yong-chol, the main culprit of the Cheonan's sinking", one lawmaker said during a rally.

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