South Korea wants North Korea to host some 2018 Winter Olympics events
Jun 25 2017
South Korea has proposed that North Korea host some of the skiing events at next year's Winter Olympics, in a move it hopes will ease cross-border political tensions.
The announcement, made by sports minister Do Jong-hwan, is the latest in a series of olive branches waved by Seoul's new administration created to thaw relations with Kim Jong-un's regime north of the border. He also stated he believed that North Korea's Masikryong Ski Resort has the potential to be a fantastic Olympic venue.
South Korea considered sharing some events at the Seoul 1988 Olympics with the North.
According to a report by The Guardian, South Korea is attempting to see if North Korea can host some events to help improve peace relations.
The 23 Winter Olympic Games run from 9 to 25 February, 2017.
North Korea has chose to send its demonstration team to the World Taekwondo Championships, which will be held for three days from Saturday in Muju, North Jeolla Province.
However, the pivot towards reconciliation with North Korea could raise eyebrows in the USA, where President Donald Trump's early days in office have been marked by heightened tension with the communist state.
It is not the first time proposals for North Korea to host competitions at the Games have been mooted, with the suggestion having been raised back in 2015. President Donald Trump said North Korea's treatment of Warmbier "a total disgrace", and called the North Korean government "a brutal regime".
Do said he was also planning to discuss the possibility of forming a unified Korean women's team for ice hockey with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, who is scheduled to attend the closing ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships in South Korea on June 29.
Moon, the son of refugees from North Korea, advocates greater dialogue with their neighbours.