Picture of the Day: Propaganda Tears

N.K. art troupe's performance in Seoul

Kim Yong-nam (far L), president of North Korea’s Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, wipes away tears as he attends a concert, staged by the North’s Samjiyon Orchestra, at the National Theater of Korea in Seoul on Feb. 11, 2018. Also attending the concert are North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s sister and special envoy, Kim Yo-jong (2nd from R), South Korean President Moon Jae-in (3rd from L), Moon’s wife Kim Jung-sook (far R). (Yonhap)

Picture of the Day: President Moon Meets with Kim Yong-nam

Moon meets N.K. ceremonial leader

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (C) and first lady Kim Jung-sook (R) pose with Kim Yong-nam, North Korea’s ceremonial head of state, during a reception for ranking foreign delegates to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the host town of PyeongChang, east of Seoul, on Feb. 9, 2018, hours before the sporting event’s opening ceremony. (Yonhap)

President Moon to Meet With North Korea’s Second Most Powerful Person During Winter Olympics

I wonder how many sanctions busting demands Kim Yong-nam is going to demand from President Moon?:

Kim Yong-nam

President Moon Jae-in is considering having bilateral talks with North Korea’s Kim Yong-nam who will lead a high-profile delegation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, according to Cheong Wa Dae, Monday.

The meeting, if it takes place, could speed up the thawing of inter-Korean relations which is a result of the North’s participation in the Games. Moon is also expected to try to encourage Washington-Pyongyang talks, as he will also meet with U.S. Vice President Mike Pence who is leading his country’s Olympic delegation.

Cheong Wa Dae welcomed the attendance of Kim, the president of the Supreme People’s Assembly, the nominal head of North Korea according to its Constitution.

“It is Kim’s first visit to South Korea, and he is the highest-ranking North Korean official ever to visit the South,” presidential spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said. “His visit shows North Korea’s wishes to improve inter-Korean relations and for a successful Olympics. We recognize the North is showing a serious and sincere attitude.”  [Korea Times]

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