Koreas to march under unified flag at Winter Olympics
- Author: Stacy Allen Jan 20, 2018,
Jan 20, 2018, 3:52
The size of the North's delegation to Pyeongchang and the categories it can compete in are expected to be confirmed after an International Olympic Committee meeting on Saturday.
She remained tight-lipped when asked about the tour before walking off into an elevator, it was reported by South Korea's Yonhap News Agency. During an era of detente in the 2000s, their athletes marched together under a "unification flag" depicting their peninsula during the opening and closing ceremonies of the Olympics, Asian Games and other global sports events, but they failed to produce a joint team again.
Olympics organizers on Friday welcomed an agreement between North and South Korea to unite athletes at the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend. The North's Masikryong Ski Resort, where the South has offered to send budding skiers to train, was built using child labor.
IOC President Thomas Bach will chair a four-party meeting Saturday to discuss the North's presence at the February 9-25 games, the first Winter Games to take place in South Korea. The two countries had previously said that the conference in Vancouver would reignite the cold war tensions in the Korean peninsula. She said if all United Nations member states implemented the mandatory sanctions, they would reduce North Korea's 2018 export earnings by almost 95% from its 2016 earnings.
South Korean Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan told lawmakers Monday that the two Koreas would parade under a "unification flag" during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games if they conduct a joint march.
If Samjiyon's performances in South Korea include any propaganda elements, it risks triggering strong resistance from conservatives in South Korea, where praising North Korea is punishable by up to seven years in prison under the country's contentious anti-Pyongyang security law. "We did that 18 years ago at the Sydney Summer Olympics, but North Korea has fired missiles, conducted nuclear tests and killed our own citizens". South Korean officials had to navigate aiding the North Korean delegation's arrival without providing direct aid to North Korea.
Hyon attended the inter-Korean dialogue held Monday as North Korea's vice chief delegate. The North regularly threatens to destroy the South, Japan and their major ally, the U.S.
"It is not the time to ease pressure, or to reward North Korea", Kono said.
The families of Japanese abducted by North Korea, and those believed to have been taken, will urge the International Criminal Court to prosecute the North's leader, saying the lack of information about their loved ones is a human rights abuse.
"We will regularize the high-level talks and discuss pending issues between the South and the North in a comprehensive manner", a unification ministry document seen by NK News said.