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Ivanka Trump to lead United States delegation at Olympics closing ceremony

Ivanka Trump to lead United States delegation at Olympics closing ceremonyā€¯

Ivanka, also Trump's advisor, was scheduled to have dinner on Friday with South Korean President Moon Jae-in at his office in Seoul during her weekend trip to South Korea, said senior White House officials at a background briefing in the day.

Another senior administration official said the Ivanka Trump-led group is going to "reaffirm" the "close" relationship between the US and South Korean governments, as well as cheer on American athletes and get to know the South Korean people.

But there were also concerns that Pyongyang, which has been widely condemned for its repeated testing of nuclear weapons and conventional missiles, was using the event simply to improve its global image.

Pence was in South Korea for the opening of the Winter Olympics.

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Vice President Mike Pence led the United States delegation to the opening ceremony of the Olympics earlier this month, but there was no meeting between Pence and Kim Yo-jong.

North Korea "dangled" a historic meeting with U.S. officials during the Winter Olympics but cancelled at the last minute, the Trump administration has revealed. "We are not going to use such a sports festival as the Winter Olympics as a political lever".

A potential high-level interaction between the USA and North Korea, which would have broken years of estrangement between the two countries, loomed prominently over the Winter Games, where North Korea made a last-minute move to send its athletes to compete on a combined team with South Korea, the host of the games. North Korea toned down its rhetoric and tried to negotiate a co-hosting of the Olympics, but this effort fell apart.

"We will not allow North Korea's attendance at the Winter Olympics to hide the true nature of the regime and the need for the world to remain united in the face of its illicit weapons programmes", she said. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) Damage on South Korea's Yeonpyeong Island on December 3, 2010, following a North Korean artillery and rocket attack on November 23, 2010. He also leads the party's department in charge of affairs with the South.

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"The maximum pressure campaign deepening North Korea's diplomatic and economic isolation will continue until the DPRK agrees to credible talks on a way forward to a denuclearised Korean peninsula".

"The sister of Kim Jong Un is a central pillar of the most tyrannical and oppressive regime on the planet".

"And we will keep standing strong until North Korea stops threatening our country, our allies, or until they abandon their nuclear and ballistic missiles once and for all".

Seoul, though, has no plans to help Pyongyang's emissaries connect with those coming from the United States, including First Daughter Ivanka Trump. "We will seek consensus from the global community on the need to create a virtuous cycle, in that improving inter-Korean relations could translate into finding a solution to the North's nuclear problem".

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"There is no official opportunity for them to meet", the official said. The plan centers around rallying the global community to further isolate North Korea both diplomatically and economically.

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