Published: Sat, January 20, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

Joint Olympic flag deal angers conservatives in South Korea

The South Korean delegation began their prep meeting with the International Olympic Committee on North Korea's PyeongChang Winter Olympics participation in Switzerland on Friday.

At the same time they made a decision to send a joint feminine hockey-on-ice team, after holding a meeting between officials of the two Koreas in the border town of Panmunjom to discuss the participation of the PDRK in the winter games to be held next February.

The North will separately send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics, Chun said. They also plan to have their athletes march together at the opening ceremony.

The size of the North's delegation to Pyeongchang and the categories it can compete in are expected to be confirmed after an International Olympic Committee meeting on Saturday.

Lost in the many US media freak-outs over this tweet, but probably looming large in the strictly controlled imaginations of Rodong Sinmun editors, is that Trump was specifically mocking a comment from North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un.

Foreign travellers hoping to use the high-speed rail network in South Korea during the upcoming Winter Olympics could be thrown off course by the Lunar New Year holiday. Last April, Kim Jong Un hosted an event to celebrate the 105th anniversary of the North's founder, Kim II Sun, who was born on in 1912 and led the country for 46 years.

The survey by the private polling group Realmeter indicates how much South Koreans' view of their northern neighbor has changed because of its expanding nuclear and missile programs since the two countries' athletes marched together at sporting events during the era of detente in the 2000s.

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North Korea also sent highly trained female cheering groups dressed in bright, attractive outfits when it attended previous global sports events in South Korea.

"Intention is good, motive is good, wanting to be united, but as we know about North Korea, it's been under dictatorship for so long, I think South Korea government needs to be aware of that", said the President of the Killeen Korean American Association, Yun Ju Park. "The South Korean authorities had better ponder over what unfavorable results may be entailed by their impolite behavior".

Kim Jong Un took the opportunity to showcase his new long-range intercontinental ballistic and submarine-based missiles, reported Reuters.

The US has stressed it will not only apply pressure economically and diplomatically, but is also ready to issue military threats in a bid to force North Korea to disarm. The two, both former bobsleigh athletes and coaches, would prepare and coach the team themselves.

The International Bobsleigh and Skeleton Federation (IBSF) said on its website Thursday that a "mixed 4-man bobsleigh team with athletes from North and South Korea could be among the sleds testing the conditions" ahead of the Olympic races scheduled for February 24 and 25.

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