Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Sean Reid

Olympics keeping door open for North Korea

Olympics keeping door open for North Korea

The Moon Jae-in government of South Korea, which was inaugurated in May past year, offered to hold military talks with the DPRK to stop any hostile act near the military demarcation line (MDL) dividing the two Koreas and humanitarian talks for the reunion of separated families. Of the upcoming talks between Seoul and Pyongyang, Trump said, "I hope it works out".

"Right now they're talking Olympics".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in told CNN previous year that North Korean participation in the Olympics would "provide a very good opportunity for inter-Korean peace and reconciliation".

"I think the political context of why they're doing it now is pretty clear", he said.

The signs are looking auspicious.

Liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who seeks rapprochement with North Korea, quickly responded to Kim's outreach by offering talks at the border village of Panmunjom to discuss Olympic cooperation and overall ties.

International Olympic Committee has extended the deadline for registration of North Korean athletes for the Pyeongchang winter Olympics.

Hundreds of young, good-looking female North Korean cheerleaders have created a buzz at three previous global sporting events in the South.

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Parlaying an ice skating performance into a broader diplomatic thaw, however, will be a Titanic-iceberg-sized challenge.

(.) The breakthrough call between Seoul and Pyongyang came last week after North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's New Year's address and the reopening of a communication hotline at Panmunjeom. He's proven impervious to American and global sanctions, even as he's admitted that they're having an impact on North Korea's economy.

South Korea "will urge the Japanese government to take responsible measures over the defective "comfort women" deal in line with the spirit of seriousness and cosmopolitanism", the source was quoted as saying.

The North's delegation will be led by Ri Son Gwon, the head of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.

Each delegation will have 2 vice-ministerial-level officials. They have been postponed until after the Paralympics finish on March 18.

"North Korea is always trying to drive a wedge between Seoul and Washington". Most recently, he served as North Korea's chief negotiator during the vice minister-level inter-Korean talks in December 2015. "Kim Jong Un said he wants to improve inter-Korean relations, so he now has to prove it with actions", she said.

President Donald Trump's United Nations ambassador said Sunday the administration isn't changing its conditions regarding talks with North Korea amid growing tensions over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

"Moon has talked about being "in the driver's seat" in inter-Korean affairs". Experts also say that North and South Korea carried out smooth coordination for the rank of the figures appointed to the negotiating teams.

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