Why are the 2018 Olympics in South Korea?

Posted February 05, 2018

The North notified the South that the delegation will also include three officials and 18 supportive staffers, but it gave no details, according to the unification ministry.

Liberal South Korean President Moon Jae-in sees the Olympics as an opportunity to resume meaningful contact with North Korea following the extended period of tension and a diplomatic stalemate over the North's nuclear and missile programs.

North Korea is giving a gold-medal brush off to those criticizing its plans to stage a giant military parade the day before the Winter Olympics begin.

The North agreed to have its athletes march in the opening ceremonies with the South Korean team, and the two countries are fielding a combined women's ice hockey team.

The match saw 23 South Korean ice hockey players join forces with 12 players from the North, dressed in uniforms emblazoned with the single word "Korea" over a map of the peninsula.

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Mattis said that he and Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, have briefed Trump several times on military options for North Korea.

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.

The North is also sending hundreds of delegates, cheerleaders and performers.

The Pyeoungchang committed actually bid to host the 2010 and 2014 Winter Olympics, losing in the final round of voting, before finally getting the nod for 2018.

Both sets of players speak Korean, but the language has evolved differently in the North and South.

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Kim Yong-nam has yet to visit South Korea, but he met with former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and his successor Roh Moo-hyun in Pyongyang ahead of their summits with late former North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in 2000 and 2007, respectively.

North Korea will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, under a deal reached with Olympic officials last month. He suggested that the recent communication between North and South Korea was a positive development.

The two are expected to meet for 45 minutes in a hotel near the venue.

Pak Chol-ho, the team's North Korean coach, said the Koreas "can do anything if they do things as one".

While it has repeatedly said it prefers a diplomatic solution, Trump has exchanged threats with Kim and US officials have said the president and his advisers have discussed a preventative "bloody nose" strike on North Korea, alarming experts who warn that this could trigger catastrophic retaliation, especially on South Korea.

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