SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

Jessica Allison
June 25, 2017

USA broadcaster NBC is monitoring the security situation on the Korean Peninsula and so far does not expect to change its plans to send a more than 2,000-person workforce to the Winter Games in South Korea, NBC Olympics president Gary Zenkel said in an interview on Thursday.

Moon made the comments during the opening ceremony of the world taekwondo championships in the South Korean town of Muju, where a North Korean delegation led by International Olympic Committee member Chang Ung was also present. President Donald Trump said North Korea's treatment of Warmbier "a total disgrace", and called the North Korean government "a brutal regime". Earlier this year they hosted a women's football tournament in the North Korean capital, Pyongyang, and a women's hockey competition in South Korea.

Among Jong-hwan's ideas are a women's hockey team comprised of both North and South Koreans to compete in the Games.

North Korea has won medals in previous Olympic games including last year's Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the country took home seven medals, including two golds.

But building stadiums and holding games in North Korea would raise two major questions: How sound is investment in a nation that continues to threaten its neighbors and enemies with an ever-evolving nuclear missile program, and would worldwide travelers feel at ease visiting the country that just released a United States detainee in a coma?

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South and nuclear-armed North Korea are separated by one of the world's most heavily armed borders, and remain technically at war.

Speaking after the test, Moon said while he prefers dialog with Pyongyang, such a stance is only possible "if we have strong defense".

The two teams regularly play each other in friendlies and at global competitions.

He was speaking after South Korea's sports minister was quoted as saying some skiing events for the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics could be held in North Korea, although officials insist he was misunderstood.

"Given President Moon Jae-in's underlying belief in the need for dialogue, reconciliation and cooperation between the two Koreas, it certainly makes sense that South Korea would try some form of co-hosting".

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