DPRK confirmes attendance of high-level delegation at Pyeongchang Winter Olympics

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The winter games will take place from February 9 to 25 while the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics will be held between March 8 to 18.

One must remember that South Korea has a strict national security law, under which even praising North Korea is illegal - an offence which can earn someone seven years in prison.

The comments follow months of fiery rhetoric between the two countries that have seen tensions soar, with Trump drawing criticism at home for repeatedly using highly-menacing language towards the reclusive state.

Moon is believed to be trying to use sports events to show the worldwide community that tensions with the North are easing.

Should the North accept the invitation, the IPC said they will march with South Korean athletes under a unified flag at the Paralympic Winter Games opening ceremony on March 9. Six of the defectors now reside in South Korea and two in the United States.

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Tokyo has told Seoul it would like to discuss the possibility of dispatching SDF personnel to South Korea for evacuations.

The package includes "free shuttle buses between Seoul and major Olympic venues of PyeongChang and Gangneung during the Winter Games and Paralympics", as part of "efforts to boost tourism and help support the events" (KOREA HERALD, 2/1).

They called for North Korean leader Kim Jong Un to step down. Days earlier, Ji raised his crutches in triumph when Trump singled him out during his State of the Union address.

"Trump also insisted upon the 'maximum pressure" against our country, viciously slandering our most superior people-centred social system, the statement added.

It did not say whether he would attend the opening ceremony of the Games in Pyeongchang, a county in the mountainous east of South Korea.

North Korea also said sanctions have nothing to do with the inter-Korean Olympic talks, instead crediting Kim Jong Un.

The controversy has hit the popularity of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, who hoped that the upcoming Olympics would pave the way for a breakthrough in resolving North Korea's nuclear issue.

"The North may have taken into account the fact that Kim Yong-nam is not a blacklisted person", said Yang Moo-jin, a professor at the University of North Korean Studies. "We are happy to see that there is a large interest in Korean culture in Turkey", the head of the center said. "It is what it is, but I could not find any relation to what's actually going on". "We think the Olympics will go very nicely and after that, who knows". "I guess we were talking to ourselves and imagining the person on the screen".

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