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>> North Korea will send a top leader to the Winter Olympics. On Monday state media said, Pyongyang's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam will attend the Games' opening ceremony this Friday in the South. It's an unprecedented move by the North. Kim will be the highest ranking official to cross the border since the Korean war ended in 1953 and will arrive with a 22-strong delegation in tow.
It's given South Korean leaders hope for high-level talks with the North.>> Kim's visit shows North Korea's resolve for improved inter-Korean relations and the success at the Olympics, as well as its sincere, earnest attitude.>> Seoul wants the games to not only transform relations between the two Koreas, but also ties between the North and the United States.
On Friday Donald Trump said, having the North at the Olympics could result in something good. And Vice President Mike Pence will also attend the games. Kim Yong Nam can travel South because he isn't on a travel blacklist from the UN or US, as he isn't linked to the North's weapons program.
Ruling leader, Kim Jong-un is sanctioned by the United States. Already there's been a flurry of Olympics activity in the spirit of Korean unity. On Sunday, the newly formed united women's hockey squad played its first friendly match. And on Monday the South said, it's seeking an exemption to sanctions so an art troupe can travel to the Games by ferry rather than bus.
All North Korean ships have been banned from entering southern ports since 2010. This week, athletes from both sides will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.