The 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea are fast approaching. The North added that its delegation, which includes a 140-member art performance group of orchestra, singers and dancers, plans to cross the land border into South Korea on February 6th for the concerts, before returning home on February 12th.
The two Koreas held the their first formal talks in almost two years this month and the South agreed to help arrange for the North to join the Games.
Pence will conduct media interviews during his visit to South Korea, the official said.
Now that an Olympic stage is set for engagement, coupled with a re-opened hotline between North and South, let's then see if realism can be met with realism and forge a path forward for a denuclearized Korean Peninsula where all its citizens live in peace and prosperity, unthreatening and unthreatened. "The South and North must sincerely fulfill the agreements between them and also their agreements with the International Olympic Committee".
The 12 athletes will be joined by the North Korean head coach and two support staff and will arrive in South Korea on January 25 to begin building some chemistry with the South Korean team that has been training together for the Games over the past few years.
"Our players were really nervous", said coach of the South Korean team Sarah Murray as the team trained in the United States last month.
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South Korea's presidential Blue House welcomed Abe's planned visit, with spokeswoman Shin Jeeyeon saying in a text message that the two countries would coordinate to make the trip a success.
But the South Korean public is not fully on board with the exchanges, especially those at Mount Kumgang or Masikryong, There is concern that depending on how these events' costs are handled, Seoul could violate United Nations sanctions on North Korea and undermine a global campaign to exert maximum pressure on the Kim regime, South Korean daily JoongAng Ilbo reported.
Pence will be present at the games not just for ceremonial purposes but to try to offset the "charade" he expects the North Koreans to put on when they send a team and also march in the opening ceremony with their South Korean counterparts, according to the official traveling with the vice president and speaking on condition of anonymity. "We have two divided states, which are technically at war because there is no peace treaty", Bach said.
The PyeongChang 2018 Official App is powered by Samsung, the official Wireless Communications Equipment and Computing Equipment partner for the games who are also supplying over 4,000 special edition Galaxy Note 8 smartphones for competitors, as well as International Olympic Committee and POCOG staff. "We need the wisdom and effort to preserve this miraculous opportunity for dialogue even after the Pyeongchang Olympics".
The unified team will compete under the name "Korea" while the remaining athletes will compete for their respective countries. One former comfort woman also attended. All of the athletes will be staying in the Gangneung Olympic Village, a PyeongChang 2018 official told Yonhap.