Few expect any diplomatic breakthroughs from Ivanka Trump’s visit to South Korea to lead the U.S. delegation at the closing ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games.
The daughter of U.S. President Donald Trump paid a visit to South Korean President Moon Jae-in Friday at the presidential residence known as the Blue House, in Seoul, where she congratulated the president for hosting the Olympic Games and thanked him and the first lady for their hospitality.
Ivanka Trump delivered a persosonal message to Moon from her father, President Trump, about his announcement on sanctions for North Korea, a set of restrictions he called “the largest ever” for North Korea, imposing what the White House calls “maximum pressure” on the reclusive nation and its practice of illegal shipping and trade designed to evade United Nations sanctions targeting its nuclear and ballistic missile programs.
Ivanka Trump and Moon discussed the U.S. and South Korean efforts to apply “joint maximum pressure” on Pyongyang.
The American delegation also joined the president and first lady, along with a South Korean delegation, for dinner and a musical performance at the Blue House.
Ivanka Trump and a senior White House adviser arrived in Seoul on Friday on a commercial flight. Apart from Friday’s events, Trump is expected to stay away from politics, and will instead spend her time attending Olympic events.
According to U.S. officials she has no plans to meet with the North Korean delegation to discuss the nuclear standoff with the U.S., nor to meet with North Korean defectors to highlight the repression and ongoing rights violations committed by the Kim Jong Un government.
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SOURCE: Voice of America, Brian Padden