President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) speaks during the opening ceremony of the 132nd IOC Session prior the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on Feb 5, 2018 in Gangneung. The ROK presidential Blue House announced on Feb 8, 2018 that Moon will meet members of the Olympics delegation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), including DPRK leader Kim Jong-un's sister Kim Yo-jong, on Saturday. (FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP)
SEOUL – President Moon Jae-in of the Republic of Korea (ROK) will meet a Winter Olympics delegation from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), including top DPRK leader Kim Jong-un's sister, on Saturday, according to the ROK presidential Blue House.
The Blue House announcement comes a day after Seoul said Kim Yo-jong will visit the ROK later this week to attend the Winter Olympics
Moon will meet and have lunch Saturday with the DPRK delegation, led by Kim Yong-am, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly, presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said at a press briefing on Thursday.
Among the delegation will be Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un who serves as the first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea (WPK).
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Two other DPRK delegates are Choe Hwi, chairman of the National Sports Guidance Committee, and Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland.
The Blue House announcement came a day after Seoul's unification ministry said Kim Yo-jong will visit the ROK later this week to attend the Winter Olympics.
The spokesman said the DPRK delegation will attend the opening ceremony of the 23rd Winter Olympics, which are scheduled to be held on Friday at ROK eastern county of PyeongChang.
In this April 13, 2017 photo, Kim Yo-jong, right, sister of DPRK leader Kim Jong-un, is pictured during the official opening of the Ryomyong residential area, a collection of more than a dozen apartment buildings, in Pyongyang. The ROK Unification Ministry said on Feb 7, 2018 that Kim Yo-jong would be part of the high-level delegation coming to the ROK for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. (WONG MAYE-E / AP)
The DPRK delegation will arrive in the ROK by a private jet on Friday. The jet will use a direct air route in the West Sea, according to Seoul's unification ministry.
The local media focus is increasingly being placed on whether the delegation will deliver a letter from the DPRK leader to ROK President Moon.