Pyongyang snubs South Korea offer to share Winter Olympics

A North Korean cargo-passenger ship arrives at Vladivostok on May 18.																															Close												A North Korean cargo-passenger ship arrives at Vladivo

Do Jong-hwan, the South Korean minister of sport, proposed last week that some of the skiing events at present scheduled to take place in the city of Pyeongchang instead be held at North Korea's Masikryong Ski Resort. North Korea under Kim Jong-un has appointed military leaders focused on subversion to handle relations with South Korea and has shown little interest in dialogue.

Will Moon really look to implement a dovish and neo-Sunshine policy approach with regard to North Korea?

With the election of Moon, however, a liberal and former human rights activist with a background in legal mediation, Seoul has taken a more peaceful stance, suggesting a return to the negotiating table for the two countries, and a de-escalation of war rhetoric.

10am An editorial in Pyongyang's state newspaper Rodong Sinmun said: "We should make every effort to strengthen our national defense with the nuclear capability as the backbone..." The North Koreans won't even deign to negotiate with the South Koreans, whom they described repeatedly as "puppets" of the United States.

His meetings with North Korean officials and athletes in Muju today marked the first cross-border contact of his administration.

Do also vowed to push for a united team in women's hockey.

"They are going to perform again in the closing ceremony so we are going to have a lot of time and chance to have a chat with them to learn more details about the future exchange programs", he said.

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"If a North Korean delegation takes part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, I believe it will greatly contribute to realizing the Olympic values of friendship and peace", he said, according to a script of his remarks released by the presidential Blue House.

During his stay in the South, Chang is expected to meet South Korean officials to discuss cooperation at the Winter Olympics.

North Korea this year has tested several new missile systems, including a powerful midrange missile experts say could one day reach targets as far as Hawaii or Alaska.

It is not the first time proposals for North Korea to host competitions at the Games have been mooted, with the suggestion having been raised back in 2015.

"It will be a key component in our kill chain to counter possible North Korean missile attacks", the president's spokesperson told reporters in comments carried by local news agency Yonhap.

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".

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