North Korea Will Participate In Four Sports At PyeongChang Games
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 5:16
Hyon's presence suggests Moranbong may be attending next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.Pyongyang and Seoul are now discussing whether to field a joint ice hockey team for the games, .North Korea will send a high-level delegation comprising athletes, a cheering squad, an art troupe, a visitors' group, a taekwondo demonstration team and a press corps, .
In the meeting on Saturday, the delegates are expected to finalize the size of the North Korean team and the events they will join.
Both sides have reportedly agreed that the North will participate in the figure skating pair event, as well as the alpine and cross-country skiing events.
North Korean Olympic officials arrived in Switzerland on Thursday ahead of weekend talks at the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to finalize Pyongyang's participation.
"It would have a significant meaning if the South and North show reconciliation and unity, for example through a joint march".
When news of the inter-Korean talks dominated usually bleak headlines about North Korea, Trump's National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster met with his Japanese and South Korean counterparts and dismissed the talks as "diversions." It said the North also plans to send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics in March. But they are the most prominent steps toward rapprochement achieved by the Koreas since they recently began exploring cooperation during the Olympics following a year of heightened tension over the North's nuclear weapons program. Protesters gathered to demand peace talks between the USA and North Korea ahead of North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics in PyongChang. The IOC said recently it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the games.
The title of the book comes from a Trump quote about North Korea. North Korea led by Kim Jong Un already laid out the demand back in June previous year. The North has test-fired missiles over Japan. The North regularly threatens to destroy the South, Japan and their major ally, the U.S. "He is making a bluff only to be diagnosed as a psychopath", Rodong Sinmun pontificated on Tuesday.
Seoul has proposed a joint ice hockey team, which triggered an angry response from athletes in the South suddenly being told they may have to play alongside total strangers. But it's still not clear how many North Korean athletes will come to Pyeongchang because none are now qualified.
The number of petitions to the presidential Blue House's website opposing a unified team shot up to more than 100 this week, with the most popular one garnering more than 17,000 votes.
Duckworth said officials in South Korea and Japan stressed the need to keep up a strong military alliance and cautioned about attempts by North Korea to drive a wedge between the governments of the USA and South Korea. The South's delegation is led by Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung.
"Marching under the one peninsula flag does not bring peace to the Korean peninsula", said one South Korean Twitter user.
Despite conservative skepticism, South Korea's government led by liberal President Moon Jae-in says it hopes the Olympics will provide the Koreas with a chance to improve their frosty relations.
"The South will ensure the safety and convenience of the North's performing squad to the utmost extent", according to the statement.
In state media this week, the North warned the South of spoiling inter-Korean ties by insisting it gives up its nuclear weapons.
Kim Ki-hong, while leaving for the working-level talks, was quoted as telling reporters that the South and the North would each hold discussion with the International Olympic Committee first.