S. Korea president invites N. Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

Remigio Civitarese
Giugno 26, 2017

Moon also said South Korea, like the United States, hopes to "engage in dialogue" with North Korea, though "regarding exactly how, we do not have a detailed way forward".

Washington is the South's security guarantor and has more than 28,000 troops in the country to defend it from its neighbour, which has been intensifying missile tests - including five since Moon's inauguration - as it seeks to develop nuclear-capable ballistic missiles that could reach the continental United States.

"I believe in power of sports which has been creating peace".

Such was the case with the people who run the world taekwondo championships. Its development has been complicated by the bitter rivalry between the communist North and capitalist South.

The World Taekwondo Federation has changed its name to World Taekwondo after becoming uncomfortable with the "negative connotations" of its acronym, WTF.

The protesters said: "The South Korea-U.S. summit to come next week should be an avenue where the review of the THAAD deployment should be assured".

The plan was floated when the conservative Park was growing increasingly frustrated and taking a more confrontational stance against the northern neighbor, according to the source knowledgeable about policy toward North Korea during Park's administration.

Choue Chung-won, director of the World Taekwondo, said the North Koreans will stay for the duration of the games.

North Korea now has three more American citizens imprisoned, two of them detained in April and May.

Pyongyang has so far rejected offers of humanitarian aid and request for a reunion of families separated by the division of Korea.

"To make it clear, we are the biggest victim of this incident", a North Korean spokesman said.

A former national basketball captain and the North's sole International Olympic Committee member, Chang stressed that so-called sports diplomacy takes months of painstaking preparations and political coordination.

Sport administrators from both North and South Korea warn Around the Rings talks of a unified peninsula team at the PyeongChang Olympics remain only conceptual.

Moon also suggested the two countries pool their athletes to form joint teams for the games to achieve better performances.

"If the North Korean team were to participate in PyeongChang it would contribute greatly to realize the peace in the Korean Peninsula", Moon said. But some have noted that it is unclear whether "additional provocations" refers only to strategic provocations like nuclear tests and ICBM launches, or may include short-range missile launches that can occur as a regular part of North Korean military exercises.

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