N Korean Olympic athletes reach South Korea

N Korean Olympic athletes reach South Korea


"We have no road left".

The North Korean delegation was led by its Vice Sports Minister Won Kil-u.

During their phone talks in January, Moon and Trump saw a possibility for the inter-Korean talks naturally leading to a dialogue between the DPRK and the United States for the denuclearized Korean Peninsula.

The duo, Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, is the focus of intense media attention as they were the only North Korean athletes who were initially qualified to compete in the Pyeongchang Games before their Olympic committee missed a confirmation deadline.

Trump's administration has warned that all options are on the table, including military ones, to resolve the crisis.

US officials have been issuing mixed messages throughout January surrounding ongoing inter-Korean talks and whether or not they can snowball into broader negotiations between Pyongyang and Washington on the topic of denuclearization.

"The two leaders discussed the importance of improving the human rights situation in North Korea and underscored their commitment to work together on this issue", it said in a statement.

He said: "It will be meaningful to the people of North Korea".

"Both leaders agreed on the need to intensify the worldwide maximum pressure campaign to denuclearise North Korea", the White House statement said.

The South Korean president said he hoped to make the PyeongChang Winter Olympics an opportunity for the inter-Korean dialogue that would last after the Winter Olympics and contribute to peace on the Korean Peninsula.

And he praised Mr Trump for "sending out a warning" when he spoke of human rights violations in North Korea.

Almost two dozen North Korean athletes received permission from the International Olympic Committee to compete in the Winter Games, which take place February 9-25. The other 10, including a figure skating pair, arrived in South Korea on Thursday.

  • Terrell Bush