Winter Olympics: Kim Jong-un Thanks South Korea for 'Impressive' Effort
Albanian Daily News
Published February 13, 2018
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has praised South Korea for hosting the North at the Winter Olympics and called for a "further livening up" of the "warm climate of reconciliation".
The comments came after the North's official delegation, led by Mr Kim's sister Kim Yo-jong, returned home from their landmark visit to Pyeongchang.
State media said Mr Kim had called the South's hosting efforts "impressive".
The North's attendance has been seen as marking a major warming in relations.
But there have also been concerns that it has allowed North Korea to win a propaganda victory.
"After receiving the delegation's report, Kim Jong-un expressed satisfaction over it," KCNA reported.
It said Mr Kim had been impressed by "the features of the south side, which specially prioritized the visit of the members of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea... and expressed thanks for them".
The North Korean leader also suggested "further livening up the warm climate of reconciliation and dialogue" between both Koreas, it said, and gave "important instructions" on doing so.
The report included an unusually casual picture of Mr Kim flanked by his sister and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong-nam, both holding on to him.