Joint Olympics team is an advance for Korean people

Joint Olympics team is an advance for Korean people

A total of 12 players from North Korea will participate alongside 23 from the South in an enlarged squad it what marks the first occasion where the two countries have appeared side by side on the Olympic stage.

Earlier in the day, Chang Ung, North Korea's representative on the International Olympic Committee (IOC), arrived in Seoul to attend the 132nd IOC session at Gangneung, near Pyeongchang.

Whenever joint military exercises took place "the peace and security of the Korean peninsula were gravely threatened and the inter-Korean mistrust and confrontation reached the top, thus creating great difficulties and obstacles ahead of hard-won dialogues", said the letter from North Korea's Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho.

At nearly every turn, South Korea has had to go great lengths to make sure its hospitalities don't run afoul of sanctions or other laws, according to South Korean officials.

Specifically for ice hockey, where the bulk of the North's delegation will take to the field of play, their single test from December falls far short of the 137 tests done by Canada, and even of the 57 recorded by relative minnows Japan.

The Korean team did not stand for either the North or South Korean national anthems.

In January, the two Koreas - which have technically been at war for 65 years - signed a historic agreement paving the way for athletes from the North to be able to compete in the games.

McMaster reportedly favors launching a "bloody nose" strike to get North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un to freeze his nuclear program, while Mattis and Tillerson are anxious that even a limited attack could explode into full-scale war, according to the Times and other media outlets.

"We need only look at the depraved character of the North Korean regime to understand the nature of the nuclear threat it could pose to America and to our allies", Trump said.

Seoul and Washington have agreed to delay annual large-scale joint military exercises which always infuriate Pyongyang, but only until the end of the Paralympics in late March.

North Korea will send 24 officials, including coaches, alongside the 22 athletes in three sports and five disciplines.

Pence will lead the White House delegation to the Winter Olympics this week and will attempt to dissuade any normalization of North Korea, multiple sources close to Pence told Axios.

North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un announced in his annual New Year's speech his plan to send a team to the South.

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