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Top Asian News 2:47 p.m. GMT


Top Asian News 2:47 p.m. GMTPYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — North Korea’s head of state is coming to archrival South Korea, but it’s the wrong one — at least if the goal is peace on the volatile Korean Peninsula. Kim Yong Nam is, technically, the North’s titular leader, and the visit by the 90-year-old North Korean fixture to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will mark — again, technically — the highest-level trip south from the North in recent memory. But the visit, like Kim’s title, may be entirely ceremonial. The real power in North Korea is third-generation dictator Kim Jong Un, and any serious bid for high-level talks at the games would likely involve someone from the inner circle that surrounds the man who took supreme power after the 2011 death of his father, Kim Jong Il.