North and South Korea begin high-level talks on Olympic Games

January 9, 2018

North Korea is to send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games taking place in South Korea in February, officials from the South say.

The breakthrough announcement came as the countries met for their first high-level talks in more than two years.

The delegation will include athletes, officials and supporters.

South Korea also proposed holding family reunions during the Winter Olympics for people separated by the Korean War.

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What’s happened at the talks?
They have resumed after a break for lunch and the developments have been conveyed by officials from the South:

Vice unification minister Chun Hae-Sung told journalists: “The North side proposed dispatching a high-level delegation, National Olympic Committee delegation, athletes, supporters, art performers, observers, a taekwondo demonstration team and journalists” to the Games
The South proposed that athletes from both Koreas march together at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang as they did at the 2006 Winter Olympics
The South pushed for family reunions, a highly emotional issue for both countries, to take place during the Lunar New Year holiday, which falls in the middle the Games
The South also proposed resuming negotiations over military issues and the North’s nuclear programme
The South said it would consider temporarily lifting sanctions, in co-ordination with the UN, to facilitate the North’s participation in the Olympics
The North’s response to all of the South’s proposals is not yet known. The opening remarks of head of the North Korean delegation, Ri Son-gwon, were fairly neutral.

He said he hoped the talks would bring a “good gift” for the new year and that the North had a “serious and sincere stance”.

3 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • bobnstuff says:

    Trump should send our Ambassador to the South Korean government to complain. Of course he would need to appoint one first. I bet the South didn’t make up cute names for the representative from the North or even talk about the size of their buttons.

    1. chw2000 says:

      Why don’t you just go to NK and negotiate. You’re the smartest man in the world Bob. At least you think you are. Trump is doing a better job than any of the last 4 presidents but you’re too stupid to see that. You’re a liberal Democrat ass hole!

      1. bobnstuff says:

        I’m not all that smart, it just looks that way when compared with you. If Trumps job is playing golf, watching TV, eating burgers and tweeting then he sure is doing better then any president in history.

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