Korea's Olympic ice hockey diplomacy

Howard TerryJan 29, 2018

This kind of action will "extinguish the spark of improved North-South relations" and "only bring tragic consequences", the outlet said.

Reuters writes that it could not independently verify that North Korean coal has been shipped through Russian Federation as described by its sources, or if so, whether the owners of the ships involved knew they were transporting banned goods.

As North and South Korea prepare for next month's Winter Games, the prompt for the unexpected rapprochement remains a subject of debate.

The researcher later criticized North Korean crisis talks that Canada and the USA held in Vancouver on January 16 and deemed the event as evidence that the Land of the Free is trying to galvanize opposition to the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Kim's regime has also set a new anniversary to mark the formation of its military on February 8 - the day before the start of the Games.

Russian deputy Foreign Minister Igor Morgulov announced on Friday that Moscow only recognizes sanctions adopted by the United Nations Security Council and therefore is no obligated to carry out sanctions set by Washington.

The inspection team, which included officials from the South's Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, and Transport, checked the airport runway and other apparatus for safety measures.

The regime's propaganda website Uriminzokkiri also criticized the recent Extended Deterrence Strategy and Consultation Group (EDSCG) meeting of senior South Korean and US foreign affairs and defense officials in Washington.

While the International Olympic Committee granted extra roster spots for the Korean team - all other teams have 23 players on hand - the actual game roster remains unchanged for everyone at 22 players, with 20 skaters and two goaltenders. The joint team is in Group B.

"We have yet to be informed of the composition of the North Korean delegation", a Blue House official said to the Chosun Ilbo. All games will be played at the Kwandong Hockey Centre in Gangneung.

U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis said that he is bolstering military options so that negotiators will have leverage in talks with North Korea over its nuclear program, talks that have yet to be scheduled but continue to be the goal of U.S. and South Korean officials. "We delivered such an idea to the North".

North Korea's nuclear ambitions pose the main risk to South Korea's economic outlook in 2018.

The Pentagon said the two sides also agreed to closely cooperate to ensure a safe and peaceful Olympics, and committed to maintaining a strong defense posture to back up diplomatic efforts to denuclearize the North.

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