North Korea's athletes at the Winter Olympics

Kim Yo-Jong would be the first member of the Kim family, born on the sacred Mount Paektu, which is a centrepiece of the North's idolisation and propaganda campaign, to cross the border to the South.

The delegation, led by the North's ceremonial leader Kim Jong Nam, will arrive at Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, around 1:30 p.m., the ministry said.

North Korea announced last month a new "world-level" tourist project in the divided province that appeared to be aimed at capitalising on the worldwide attention surrounding the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, a city in the South Korean-controlled half of Kangwon.

Amid growing concerns that North Korea is continuing to build its nuclear weapons programme despite strict US and United Nations sanctions, US President Donald Trump has agreed to delay joint military exercises with South Korea until after the Winter Olympics.

"We will continue to isolate North Korea until it abandons its nuclear and ballistic missile programs once and for all", he said. But, like United States Vice-President Mike Pence, he has been alarmed at the rapid detente between the two Koreas after the North's leader Kim Jong Un offered to send a delegation to the Games.

After an initial 32 cases were reported on Tuesday, 54 new cases have been confirmed as of late Wednesday, with police officers, security personnel and food preparation staff among those affected, KCDC Director Kim Hyun-jun told reporters.

The North has sent a contingent of athletes and coaches to the Winter Olympics.

With the North's position now official, he probably won't have to.

But their arrival has sparked debate about whether they are a propaganda tool to buy more time for North Korea to consolidate its growing nuclear arsenal.

Pence has brought with him to the Games Fred Warmbier, the father of US citizen Otto Warmbier, who patronized the North Korean tourist industry before being arrested and tortured to death for allegedly tampering with a propaganda poster in Pyongyang.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will be in South Korea tomorrow for the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Tensions soared previous year as the North carried out multiple weapons tests.

But he notes that if Kim was trying to look more rational by engaging with South Korea on the Olympics, the display of military power is an odd way to show it.

The development between the two countries has brought some ease into their strained relations. "But with Kim Yo Jong, you are getting a person who's chiefly involved in designing Kim Jong Un's rule, a person whom the leader actually listens to".

Last year, the US Treasury Department included Kim Yo Jong on its list of blacklisted officials.

It has taken place little over 24 hours before the world watches the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Pyeongchang.

They include a vast cheerleading squad of handpicked women, a taekwondo demonstration team, and reporters for the state media.

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