Ivanka Trump arrives in South Korea for 2018 Winter Olympics closing ceremony

US President Donald Trump's daughter and presidential advisor Ivanka Trump is in South Korea to attend Sunday's closing ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

While Trump told waiting reporters in Seoul she was looking forward to cheering on US Olympians at the Games, analysts said her chief task will be shoring up diplomatic relations with South Korea.

Ivanka Trump, who serves as a senior adviser to the president, will lead the USA delegation to Sunday's closing ceremony, and according to an airline official, boarded a Korean Air flight to Seoul earlier in the day.

Trump is scheduled to have dinner with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday, which could be an opportunity to deliver a personal message from her father.

One of North's Korea highest ranking figures, General Kim Yong-chol, will also attend Sunday's closing ceremony.

Ivanka Trump is visiting South Korea for the first time in an official capacity and is expected to stay in Asia's fourth-largest economy for four days and three nights, Yonhap reported Friday.

RFA said the official added that Washington is in close consultation with Seoul regarding the North's plan to send a high-level delegation to the PyeongChang Olympics' closing ceremony.

After months of nuclear tensions between Pyongyang and Washington, the U.S. delegation led by Pence sat just meters from Kim Yo Jong.

The US government has denied the possibility that its delegation might meet North Korean officials.

The Olympics have created an opening for reconciliation between the Koreas after years of heightened tensions over the North's nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs.

Kim is the former chief of North Korea's Reconnaissance Bureau, widely considered to be responsible for a torpedo attack against a South Korean warship in 2010 that killed 46 sailors.

The US - among others - has warned against easing pressure on North Korea to abandon its nuclear programme and improve human rights. "Their talent, drive, grit and spirit embodies American excellence, and inspire us all".



Other news