Seoul demands explanation for cancellation of NK team's planned visit

Seoul demands explanation for cancellation of NK team's planned visit

On Friday the Olympic flame passed through Daeseongdong, a tiny village inside the heavily fortified DMZ, where elementary school teacher Koo Hyun-Jin carried it with his pupils and told reporters: "This will give them a happy memory".

The Alps Ski Resort's decline is part of a nationwide trend in less South Koreans taking to the slopes. In fact, the majority of Koreans, North and South, desire peace and steps towards reunification.

"Media reports of daylight between Seoul and Washington are exaggerated".

In his yearly New Year's address, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un extended an olive branch to the South by making reconciliation a central theme, and stated that the door was open "to anyone from south Korea, including the ruling party and opposition parties, organizations and individual personages of all backgrounds, for dialogue, contact and travel". "Who gets to decide that?", Reuters quotes Kim Joo-hee, a 24-year-old translator, as saying.

But Russian athletes would still be able to compete at the PyeongChang Games in uniforms bearing the name "Olympic Athlete from Russia" under the Olympic Flag, and the Olympic Anthem will be played in any ceremony.


The International Olympic Committee is a not-for-profit independent international organisation made up of volunteers, which is committed to building a better world through sport. North Korea, they argue, "wants to flaunt its nuclear power and try to steal the show, with a strong message that it has no intention of giving up its nukes, Olympics or no Olympics".

Ken Stone claims that North Korea has committed few, if any, violations of worldwide law. "And what is Seoul doing?" the piece concluded.

"I'd sit down, but I'm not sure that sitting down will solve the problem", said, noting that past negotiations with the North Koreans by his predecessors had failed to rein in 's nuclear and missile programs.

Earlier this month leader Kim Jong-un unexpectedly accepted South Korean offers to organise diplomatic meetings with South Korea, sparking concerns Pyongyang would attempt to convince the worldwide community to ease economic sanctions on the rogue nation in a distracting charm offensive.

According to local news agency Yonhap, Chun also sent out a reminder that South Korea is hoping to improve ties in order to resolve the standoff over North Korea's rogue development of nuclear weapons.

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