Korean unity at Olympics: Is there any there there?

Representatives from the International Olympic Committee South Korea and North Korea start a meeting on North Korea's participation in the 2018 Pyeong Chang Olympics at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne Switzerland

Experts speculate that last-minute change was meant to keep South Korea "on edge".

Hyon led North Korea's delegation to South Korea over the weekend, garnering an outsized amount of attention.

"We will never tolerate disgusting acts of the conservative hooligans who insulted the sacred dignity and symbol of the DPRK, and the dishonest behavior of the South Korean authorities who connived at such acts", said a spokesman of the organization via the official KCNA news agency on Tuesday.

"We're confident that the Olympics will be a stepping stone to bring peace to the Korean peninsula, to Northeast Asia and the world". However, this tolerance might not continue once the Games are over.

Kim Hyon Hui was one of two agents behind the bombing of Korean Air Flight 858 from Baghdad to Seoul on 29 November 1987. (Korean ) "It's important to respect the South Korean people's right to know, but the media also has to refrain from subjective speculation about hidden agendas that could affect the Games".

"So you can not talk them out of it", Mr. Kono said in an interview.

Some opposition politicians and conservatives in South Korea have criticized North Korea's participation in the Games to be held in the South Korean alpine resort town of Pyeongchang, dubbing them the "Pyongyang Olympics".

About 150 to 200 activists used a blowtorch to burn Kim's photo and a North Korean flag before police used fire extinguishers to put out the fire Monday.




ELISE HU, BYLINE: "We oppose, we oppose", shouted demonstrators at Seoul Station, the train and subway station in the center of the capital city.

Concessions being made to accommodate North Korea's participation in the upcoming Olympics have reignited the debate in democratic and prosperous South Korea over the benefits of working towards unification with its impoverished, repressive and nuclear-armed neighbor.

A South Korean delegation went to North Korea on Tuesday to inspect the venues where the two Koreas will hold joint cultural and sports events ahead of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. Critics say it is unfair to South Korean players who will have to share time with those from the North. South Korean men use it to assert that they are the most handsome, while North Koreans claim that their women are the most attractive. "Further, Canadian-American national coach Sarah Murray said" is a little bit unsafe just for team chemistry because the girls (the South Korean, ed.) have been together for so long".

NHK, Japan's national broadcaster, cites multiple polls as saying 70% of South Koreans don't want a joint Korean women's hockey team at the PyeongChang Games.

HU: At the demonstration against North Korea today, protesters complained the PyeongChang Olympics were turning into the Pyongyang Olympics.

"But no one can be optimistic about how long the current mood for dialogue will last".

Protests erupted recently when a team of North Korean delegates visited venues in Seoul to prepare for the upcoming events.

That rationale prompted North Korea to keep using attractive young women in closefitting uniforms to direct traffic in Pyongyang despite the arrival of traffic lights, and is behind its decision to dispatch a 230-member "cheering squad" to South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

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