South Korea welcomes visit by North Korean leader’s sister for Winter Olympics
08 February 2018 | 7:30 am
South Korea welcomed an upcoming visit by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, for the Winter Olympics, Seoul's presidential Blue House said on Wednesday.
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