North Korea's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam (R) and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister Kim Yo Jong (L) leave after the women's preliminary round ice hockey match between Switzerland and the Unified Korean team on February 10, 2018 Photo: AFP
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N Korea's Kim describes South as very impressive: KCNA

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By Jung Yeon-je

North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un praised South Korea as very impressive, state media reported Tuesday, after his sister and other top regime officials returned from their landmark visit to the Winter Olympics.

The state-run KCNA news agency published a short report on Kim meeting the delegation on Monday following its return to Pyongyang.

"After receiving the delegation's report, Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over it and said that very impressive were the features of the south side which specially prioritised the visit of the members of the DPRK side who took part in the Winter Olympics," KCNA said, adding the North Korean leader "expressed thanks" to Seoul.

South Korea's hosting of the Winter Olympics has sparked a sudden and rare moment of rapprochement across the Demilitarized Zone after months of sky-high tensions over Pyongyang's rapidly advancing nuclear weapons programme and bellicose missile tests.

After months of rebuffing invitations from South Korea to attend the Olympics, Kim did an about-face in a New Year speech.

The North has since sent its athletes to the South Korean ski resort of Pyeongchang, along with cheerleaders and performers, and dispatched a diplomatic delegation that included Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong.

She became the first member of the North's ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the end of the Korean War.

She shook hands several times with the South's President Moon Jae-in, cheered a unified ice hockey team with him, and conveyed her brother's invitation to a summit in Pyongyang.

The KCNA report suggested the North Korean leader wished to build on that rapprochement, saying he felt it "important to continue making good results by further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue".

The report added that Kim "set forth in detail the orientation of the improvement of the north-south relations and gave important instructions to the relevant field to take practical measures for it," without detailing what those measures were.

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I suppose using the word impressive will be considered another attempt to drive a wedge between countries.

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Revelation!  Imagine if he saw HK or Singapore.  Or even Tokyo?

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Revelation! Imagine if he saw HK or Singapore. Or even Tokyo?

@Kaerimashita - Did you read the article? She did not praise SK's infrastructure or economic development, but rather they way SK has treated the NK delegation during their visit.

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"After receiving the delegation's report, Kim Jong Un expressed satisfaction over it and said that very impressive were the features of the south side which specially prioritised the visit of the members of the DPRK side who took part in the Winter Olympics," KCNA said, adding the North Korean leader "expressed thanks" to Seoul.

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N. Korea's KIm describes South as very impressive

Yes! And they did and they were able to do it without nukes and by allowing everybody to think, speak and vote freely. No concentration camps here for people who disagree with their leaders.

You should try it!

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Not impressive enough to stop their nuke program to extinguish the South, reunify the peninsula not on NK's terms, or massacre their own related citizens though? Don't worry, the suffering of NK will end soon

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Why does she always purse her lips like she is sucking on a lemon.....

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Why does she always purse her lips like she is sucking on a lemon....

Because she has to suck up to her brother or be executed by anti-aircraft cannon, of course....

Yes, SK is impressive. That's what freedom will do for a country. No nukes, small army, people with good educations, friendly folk. What's not to like?

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Very modest, North Korea has demonstrated just how impressive of a nation it is as well with its admirable peaceful diplomacy with the South and courage in front of America and Japan. The North has shown it is a moral leader in world affairs

You ARE kidding..right..?

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The DPRK an "impressive" nation? Whatever - it's good that South and North are at least entertaining the notion of dialogue and that the sabre-rattling has stopped for a while. Let's hope it leads to something more substantial.

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If its so impressive they may wanna ask them to maybe tone down the "will turn it into a fire wasteland" rhetoric then. She didn't particularly strike me as looking like a nice human being, quite the opposite actually. Arrogant, entitled and delusional. The way she carried herself too was sickening when you take a moment to think about the reality on the ground for the poor sods in her homeland. Her parade of lunatics was a cruel joke actually.

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This is a travesty of a joke. It takes more than the visit of the sister of a dictator to free a country. As I've said before, nobody wants war, but neither does anybody want the continuation of the enslavement that the North Korean populace must endure. I'd prefer to be homeless in Japan than to be a cadre in NK.

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Heckleberry - yes that was the reference but I guess she wasn't saying "our welcome was impressive" only.

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For President Moon, Kim JonUn's sister must be an impressive one too and he is obessed with her charming.

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anywhere would be impressive when you come from a country where livestock is traded as currency

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What both Seoul and Pyongyang are doin at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics for the sake of peace is very impressive indeed!

Both Koreas now realize that the divide and conquer ideology of a certain superpower is doin more harm than good and must be ended soon.

Sadly it seems Abe is the only proponent left standing.

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