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Winter Olympics: Ivanka in Pyeongchang for closing ceremony

Ivanka Trump has landed in South Korea ahead of the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics. Source: AAP

Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump has arrived in South Korea where she'll lead the US delegation to the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics.

Ivanka Trump has arrived to a red-carpet welcome in South Korea to attend this weekend's closing ceremony for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The visit is her first since her father Donald Trump became US president. Her arrival at the airport was broadcast live on TV, and she was to have dinner with President Moon Jae-in in the presidential compound, according to South Korean media.

A North Korean delegation will also attend the closing ceremony, but the South Korean government said it's unlikely that Ivanka Trump will meet the North Koreans or defectors from North Korea. Speculation is high in South Korea that she might deliver a message from President Trump on North Korea.

She told media at the airport that she is "very, very excited to attend the 2018 Winter Olympic Games (and) cheer for team USA."

For now, there are no signs that Ivanka Trump will meet Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of North Korea's ruling Workers' Party Central Committee, who is to attend the closing ceremony.

The White House has emphasised that the purpose of her visit is to celebrate athletes' achievements, highlighting that she is a winter sports enthusiast herself. She is expected to attend the games on Saturday before Sunday's closing ceremony.

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