Second N Korean soldier defects to S Korea in a month

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In May, North Korea accused USA and South Korean spy agencies of plotting to kill Kim Jong-un with some "biochemical substances", the country's Ministry of State Security said, as quoted by AFP.

Currently North Korea may only qualify a pair of figure skaters to the PyeongChang 2018 Games.

Over 70 percent of South Koreans support reestablishing dialogue channels with North Korea according to a recent survey by the National Unification Advisory Council. He also proposed forming a joint women's hockey team.

But when asked about the suggestions, Chang said he was not in a position to talk about them.

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.

"It's not my place to comment on things related to the Pyeongchang Olympics". "It took us five months", North Korean International Olympic Committee (IOC) member Chang Ung, told the Dong-a Ilbo newspaper.

"The IOC has to be involved and I will participate in the discussions from the IOC's perspective".

In Seoul on Friday he said he would discuss the idea of co-hosting the Winter Games with Olympic chief Thomas Bach when he meets him in South Korea next week.

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Organisers of Pyeongchang 2018 have urged it to take part to make them a "peace Olympics".

It is their first demonstration in a WTF competition in South Korea.

At the opening of the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju on Saturday, Moon said he wanted the Koreas to compete as one team next year and highlighted the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships as an example of a previous merger.

"I would like to feel once again the moving emotions of the 2000 Sydney Olympics when the world applauded the athletes of South and North Korea marching together in the opening ceremony".

The 64-year-old, elected as the country's President last month after a cronyism scandal led to Park Geun-hye being impeached, has pledged greater dialogue with the neighbouring country in a bid to reduce tensions between the two nations.

In the meantime, North Korea has reminded the world how unsafe it is with repeated missile tests, its murder of American citizen Otto Warmbier, and its march towards gaining the capability to strike the continental United States with a nuclear warhead.

During the Lee Myung-bak administration in 2012, a series of trilateral meetings by South and North Korea and the USA resulted in a February 29 agreement that pledged a moratorium on nuclear activity and recognized the armistice agreement on the Korean Peninsula.