February 4, 2018 / 3:33 PM / a year ago

N.Korea's ceremonial leader to visit S.Korea for Winter Olympics on Feb.9-11 -Seoul

SEOUL, Feb 5 (Reuters) - North Korea’s ceremonial leader Kim Yong Nam will visit South Korea this week as the head of the country’s high-level delegation for the Winter Olympics, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said on Sunday.

Kim, president of the Presidium of the Supreme People’s Assembly, will lead a 22-strong delegation expected to arrive in South Korea on Friday for a three-day trip, the ministry said in a statement.

The Games are scheduled to kick off on Friday and run through Feb. 25, during which Seoul hopes to hold high-level inter-Korean talks.

Kim is North Korea’s nominal head of state, while the country is ruled by Kim Jong Un, the third-generation hereditary leader. (Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Adrian Croft)

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