Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

South Korean president Moon Jae-in calls for North Korean Olympic participation

South Korean president Moon Jae-in calls for North Korean Olympic participation

Centre-left Moon suggested on the campaign trail that as president he would be willing to go to Pyongyang before Washington, but he is making the USA his first foreign destination since he was sworn in last month after a landslide election win.

While a leadership change did not take place in North Korea, one did take place in the South. Park was ousted and jailed, and the South Korean people elected Moon Jae-in, a liberal candidate in favor of increased dialogue, although North Korea's regular missile tests have complicated this strategy.

The World Taekwondo championship being held over the next several days is the largest competition of the sport to be held, with 973 athletes participating from 183 different countries.

A brutal conflict to reunify the peninsula ensued and US -backed forces have remained officially at war with the DPRK since an armistice was signed on July 27, 1953. Its development has been complicated by the bitter rivalry between the communist North and capitalist South.

The name of their group, since 1973, was the World Taekwondo Federation.

South Korea considered sharing some events at the Seoul 1988 Olympics with the North, but talks broke down and the North boycotted the Games.

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Six South Koreans, of whom three are Christian pastors, and ae Canadian also also imprisoned in North Korea.

Stopping the threat posed by North Korea is a top priority for Donald Trump's administration and there is an ongoing show of American military might in the region.

"I hardly ever escape a day at the White House without the president asking me about North Korea and how it is that the United States is responding to that threat", Pompeo said.

Pyongyang has so far rejected offers of humanitarian aid and request for a reunion of families separated by the division of Korea.

The North consistently threatens to carry out these tests when Japanese, South Korean and United States fleets are conducting naval drills in the region.

Sources said plans to bring down Kim were also pushed forward by NIS reports that described an unstable North Korean society suffering from power and water shortages as well as the rule of a paranoid leader fearful of an attack on himself.

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A former national basketball captain and the North's sole International Olympic Committee member, Chang stressed that so-called sports diplomacy takes months of painstaking preparations and political coordination.

The Rodong Sinmun editorial suggested that Seoul turn the tables on Washington, its most powerful ally, in suggesting: "If South Korea truly wants to improve the Korean ties and seek peace, it should stop picking on our nuclear deterrent force and stand against the US's plot for first nuclear strike on the North". He also proposed forming a joint women's hockey team.

The protest came as South Korea's new president Moon Jae-In heads to Washington next week for his first summit with Trump amid soaring tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.

North Korea is believed to be close to mastering the technology necessary to test an intercontinental ballistic missile, a weapon able to impact South Korea's defense strategy and those of its allies.

On June 18, a North Korean civilian swam across a river to defect to the South, with styrofoam pieces strapped to both shoulders to stay afloat.

Over 70 percent of South Koreans support reestablishing dialogue channels with North Korea according to a recent survey by the National Unification Advisory Council.

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