The North Korean delegation will also include Kim Yong Nam, the country’s 0-year-old nominal head of state, Choe Hwi, chairman of the country’s National Sports Guidance Committee, as well as Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the North’s agency in which deals with inter-Korean affairs.
Neither Kim Yo Jong nor Kim Yong Nam are among the North Korean officials blacklisted under U.N. sanctions over the North’s weapons programs. However, the U.S. Treasury Department last year included Kim Yo Jong on its list of blacklisted officials over her position as vice director of the ruling Workers’ Party’s Propaganda as well as Agitation Department.
The U.N. committee monitoring sanctions against North Korea has proposed granting an exemption for Choe, who has been on the U.N. sanctions blacklist since last June.
North Korea has sent hundreds of people to the Olympics inside the South, including officials, athletes, artists, journalists as well as a 230-member cheering group. Skeptics say the North’s outreach to the South over the Olympics will be an attempt at weakening U.S.-led sanctions as well as pressure against the country as well as at buying more time to advance its nuclear weapons as well as missiles development.