More Initiatives Coming to Promote Korean Unity — IOC

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The North also consented to send a 150-member delegation of athletes and cheerleaders to the Paralympic games in March.

Conversations between the two Koreas relative to the Winter Olympic Games are well received by the global community while considering them as a step forward to distension in the Korean peninsula. The South Korean government will feel empowered to continue to take a soft line with North Korea, even with the next big provocation. In 2002, when the Asian Games were hosted by South Korea, North Korea sent two hundred cheerleaders, who mesmerized the South Korean people.

The two Korean teams will march together in the opening ceremony.

The North's continued development of nuclear weapons and intercontinental ballistic missiles in defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions has spurred more sanctions and talk of possible military strikes by U. The first is its nuclear programme that is directed at the USA and its allies South Korea and Japan.

Many critics are skeptical of Kim's abrupt overture, believing he may be trying to use the Olympics to weaken USA -led worldwide pressure and sanctions toughened after North Korea's sixth and biggest nuclear test and a series of missile launches past year.

Korea Institute for National Unification research director Park Ju-hwa told the newspaper that their recent surveys show "that unification based on homogenous identity no longer works", as young Koreans do not see North Korea as part of their country. We want these events to raise the question "Korea: What Are the Options?" Just as Pyongyang frequently threatens to rain down fire on Seoul in response to perceived military threat from the South and the United States, rapprochement between the two Koreas is also a threat it holds out against another country - China.

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North Korea is sending only a handful of athletes, however, it is sending over hundreds of cheerleaders and cultural performers, including an orchestra with over a hundred members.

However, others fear that South Korea has fallen for a North Korean charm offensive and warned the worldwide community not to be complacent.

The ministry added that it planned to hold "proactive discussions with the International Olympic Committee (IOC), International Paralympic Committee (IPC), and International Sports Federation (IF)" in connection with North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Olympics. In those days, South Korea gave North Korea each year nearly a billion dollars in aid, no questions asked, including cash, food, and fertilizer.

The Koreas will have a unified women's hockey team competing under the Korean Unification Flag - an image of the Korean Peninsula in blue against a white background - and their anthem will be the Korean folk song "Arirang". He believes hockey was chosen in part because an arena is the ideal spot for the 230-person cheer squad North Korea is also sending to the Olympics.

It is thought that 10 athletes are expected to cross the border to attend the Olympics. But the talks collapsed, and the North bombed a South Korean passenger jet in 1987 in an attempt to disrupt them.

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