North and South Koreas to kind unified Olympic crew
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 10:22
North Korea's popular girl group, comely ladies decked out in sleek military-style get ups who sing about missile launches, are the Hermit Kingdom's hottest ticket.
The meeting - where the Olympic movement could be cast as a key player in easing tensions between two nations still technically at war - will be a welcome reprieve for the IOC. They have cited that long-held goal to buttress their argument that Kim can not be deterred peacefully as the Soviet Union was during the Cold War.
It's something that has been done before during the Winter and Summer Olympics.
"It has already become hard for the U.S.to enforce military solutions to the situation", said Park, adding that the postponed joint military drills between Seoul and the United States are likely to be conducted on a smaller scale.
North Korean women will - upon expected approval by the IOC - play alongside their South Korean counterparts in ice hockey on what would be the first unified Korean team at an global sporting event since 1991. But if realized, it would be the Koreas' first unified Olympic team, leaving a major mark in their sports diplomacy that often mirror their rocky political ties. "This will be a great opportunity to thaw the frozen relations", he said during a visit to the training camp for South Korean athletes. "Publish the testing history of each athlete by name, type of test, and we can know for sure if what the International Olympic Committee says is accurate".
The trip involved meetings with US and South Korean military and diplomatic officials and high-ranking government leaders over two days in the South Korean capital of Seoul and the vicinity. In the event of a war, control of the South Korean military is legally transferred from South Korean to USA generals. Un fires off long range rockets for months despite warnings and Trump calls this fanatic "rocket man". While South Korea hopes to use the games to improve relations with its rival after a year of animosity over North Korea's rapidly expanding nuclear program, some experts view Kim's overture as an attempt to weaken US -led worldwide sanctions against the North and buy time to further advance his nuclear weapons program.
Professor Kim Dong-ryul of Pukyoung National University said it is unlikely the cross-border talks would set any milestones on the path to denuclearization. "I'm really perplexed and disappointed because I had such high hopes for it", she said.
Graham likened North Korea's visit to the Games to the way Adolf Hitler used the 1936 Summer Olympics in Nazi Germany to further his agenda by using "the largest stage in the world". Switzerland, which is in the B group for women's hockey, has reportedly voiced its opposition to the expansion of the unified Korean team, and there is talk that the International Olympic Committee or the IIHC will step in to mediate.
"We all want to trust, but history has shown we must verify", said Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Shanahan and South Korean Vice Defense Minister Suh Choo-suk met at the Pentagon today and "reaffirmed the ironclad nature of the alliance and the importance of maintaining vigilance and unity in the face of North Korean aggression", Defense Department spokesman Navy Capt. Jeff A. Davis said. One event was the world table tennis championships in Chiba, Japan, where the women's team won the championship by beating the powerful Chinese, and the other was soccer's World Youth Championship in Portugal, where the Korean team reached the quarterfinals. The recently said it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the games.
In addition the United States has imposed its own sanctions, which would punish any individual or company in the world which does business with North Korea. The idea that the United States is simply coming to the aid of their ally, South Korea, which is facing off against a hostile neighbor, completely obfuscating the real role of the United States as the only reason Korea has been divided in two to begin with. However, it's far from clear who exactly is going to the Olympics from Russian Federation.
Officials from both North and South Korea have been engaged in a series of negotiations following a New Year's Day speech delivered by DPRK's leader Kim Jong-un in which he expressed his country's desire to send athletes south to the 2018 Games. The North will separately send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics. The name displayed during the marches was "Korea", although the North and South competed separately for medals. In the aftermath, the two sides announced the Samjiyon Orchestra will perform in the South during the Olympics. But the talks collapsed, and the North bombed a South Korean passenger jet in 1987 in an attempt to disrupt them.