South Korean president calls for North Korean Olympic participation

South Korean president calls for North Korean Olympic participation

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

Chang made the remark as he arrived in the Gimpo International Airport on Friday along with other members of the North Korean delegation to the World Taekwondo Championships to open in Muju in North Jeolla Province on Saturday.

In South Korea, however, NBC would not be inviting guests to the Games and would instead be hosting them in the US ski town of Jackson Hole, Wyoming, Zenkel said.

Do also proposed that the two countries form a women's ice hockey team to participate in the games.

Taeyang of Big Bang has been selected as the face of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games and Winter Paralympics, authorities said Wednesday.

North Korea has won medals in previous Olympic games including last year's Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where the country took home seven medals, including two golds.

One idea was for North Korea to host some skiing competitions at the Games.

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Moon, the son of refugees from North Korea, advocates greater dialogue with their neighbours.

Speaking after the test, Moon said while he prefers dialog with Pyongyang, such a stance is only possible "if we have strong defense".

Earlier this month, Pyongyang rejected an offer by a South Korean civic group to provide anti-malaria supplies, the first cross border exchange approved by Seoul since January 2016.

The suggestion that North Korea could play a part in the organisation of such a global event has created a buzz in the media, with tensions around the democratic state running high following the recent death of an American student after being released from a North Korean prison.

Despite hostile relations on the peninsula, South and North Korea do have a strong sporting history, particularly with regard to football.

However, an attempt to reach an agreement on co-hosting the 1988 Olympics, held in Seoul, broke down and North Korea ended up boycotting the games.

About 40 percent said they were interested in the Olympics, a four percent increase, with nine percent saying they would attend.

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