SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

Posted June 25, 2017

"We heard the comments that were made by the sports, culture and tourism minister and we take it very seriously".

As for the idea of forming a unified female ice hockey team, Do said talks should be held with the International Olympic Committee because North Korean athletes have not yet qualified for the winter games.

Such a collaboration could help the neighbors resume dialogue after a period of official silence. President Donald Trump said North Korea's treatment of Warmbier "a total disgrace", and called the North Korean government "a brutal regime".

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South Korea considered sharing some events at the Seoul 1988 Olympics with the North.

With the new role, Taeyang will be in charge of performing the Olympic Winter Games' song, and promoting the global multi-sport event.

Do has reportedly already begun discussions with the International Olympic Committee about possible ways to ensure North Korea's participation. According to a report by The Guardian, South Korea is attempting to see if North Korea can host some events to help improve peace relations.

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However, the pivot towards reconciliation with North Korea could raise eyebrows in the U.S., where President Donald Trump's early days in office have been marked by heightened tension with the communist state. "The Olympic movement is always about building bridges, never about erecting walls", said an IOC spokesperson.

This proposal was swiftly dismissed by Pyeongchang 2018, but organisers now appear open to discussing the possibility of North Korean hosting some events.

Tension has been high for months over North Korea's nuclear and missile development, and due to fears it will conduct a sixth nuclear test and more ballistic missile launches in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions. But talks broke down and the North boycotted the Games.

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Next year's Olympics are scheduled to begin in February in Pyeongchang, a South Korean town not far from the demilitarized zone that buffers the two Koreas, which are still officially at war.