Kim expressed “satisfaction” over the go to, in response to state media Tuesday, “expressing thanks” and noting it was essential to additional the “heat local weather of reconciliation and dialogue.”
The feedback have been made following the delegation’s return to Pyongyang from a three-day go to to the South, a landmark diplomatic journey that appeared to divide worldwide observers, drawing each scrutiny and reward.
Kim’s remarks have been carried on the entrance web page of North Korea’s state newspaper Rodong Sinmun, accompanied by a distinguished picture exhibiting Kim flanked lovingly by the 4 most senior rating members of the delegation, together with his smiling sister, Kim Yo Jong, who’s proven clenching her brother’s arm.
“You will need to proceed making good outcomes by additional livening up the nice and cozy local weather of reconciliation and dialogue created by the sturdy want and customary will of the North and the South with the Winter Olympics as a momentum,” the North Korean chief mentioned.
Led by Kim’s youthful sister Kim Yo jong, the delegation attended the opening of the Video games, earlier than touring to Seoul to formally meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-In on the Presidential Palace.
The obvious thaw in North-South relations has not been mirrored in Washington, the place senior figures, together with Pence, have accused Pyongyang of utilizing the Video games for propaganda functions.
Nevertheless, Moon mentioned Tuesday that the US “sees inter-Korean dialogue positively and expressed a willingness to have dialogue with the North.”
Moon has but to just accept the supply, the primary potential assembly between Korean leaders since 2007, replying solely that the 2 international locations “ought to accomplish this by creating the fitting circumstances.”
Kim Yo Jong’s journey to throughout the border provoked vital media consideration, with her each motion intently monitored and reported on in obsessive element, each in South Korea and abroad.
But regardless of the widespread curiosity, little is understood concerning the youthful Kim, aside from her official title: deputy director of the Propaganda and Agitation Division of the Staff’ Occasion.
Kim is believed to be the youngest of seven Kim dynasty siblings, and considered one of solely three to be born to Kim Yong Un’s mom, Ko Yong Hui.
She has lengthy been regarded a detailed and trusted aide to her brother “and since his accession manages his public occasions, itineraries and logistical wants, amongst different duties,” in response to North Korea Management Watch.
She was promoted final yr to the nation’s Politburo, the nation’s highest decision-making physique, as an alternate member.