North Korea Going to Winter Olympics 2018: First Scandal + Cool Photos and Video

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Earlier it became known North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single flag at Winter Olympics 2018.

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Updated (04:57 EST Jan. 30):

North Korea announced they canceled a joint cultural performance with South Korea. As North Korea officials stated, the reason for cancellation is South Korea media insults towards the military parade scheduled for one day before the Olympics.

The cultural event was to include Korean pop and traditional music, including a performance with artists from both countries. That’s why the long-awaited peace may never come after all.

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Source: snowchamps.nl

Updated (06:57 EST Jan. 25):

12 North Korea women ice hockey players crossed the border with an official delegation. See the photos:

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Source: AFP

Loud performance

North Korea is planning to send a 140-member orchestra, 30 taekwondo athlete, hockey players and 230-strong performance squad to the Olympics.

According to CNN, North and South Korean skiers will train together in North Korea, but North Korea skiers won’t compete at the Olympics.

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Source: cdn.cnn.com

Their sportsmen will walk under a unified Korean flag and it will be the first for a long when the cross border road is opened.

This is how “reunited” flag looks like:

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Source: wikimedia.org

Unified hockey team

North and South Korea has decided to create a women’s ice hockey team and compete together at the winter event.

North Korea is to send 150 sportsmen to the Paralympics, scheduled for 9-18 March.

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Source: timedotcom.com

Let’s take a tour to the ski resort in North Korea:

Masikryong Ski Resort is a Kim Jong Un $30 million project. He is believed to be a huge fan of skiing.

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Source: businessinsider.com

A one-day lift pass to the ski resort costs $80 for tourists and $40 for locals, which a month salary of the majority of North Koreans.

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Source: businessinsider.com

 

There are 120 hotel rooms and a swimming pool, billiard tables, a karaoke room, and a sauna. However, the resort is often empy.

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Source: businessinsider.com

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Source: businessinsider.com

Military-themed events

North Korea is to conduct military event due to the Korean People’s Army’s 70th anniversary on February 8, which is one day before the start of the 2018 Winter Olympics, according to Bussines Insider.

The event might include a military parade in the capital of Pyongyang and some activities with “festival functions.”

Jeffrey Lewis, the director of the East Asia Nonproliferation Program, posted a picture of North Korea preparing for the event:


It really looks like some kind of “parade” to glorify their army and Kim Jong-un.

North Korea analyst Fyodor Tertitskiy also thinks there is nothing hostile in their actions as North Korea has never cancelled their scheduled military events before.

Limitations

The agreement has to be approved by the International Olympic Committee.

Also, the host country has to think about the blacklisted North officials and find the way to let them enter the event.

South Korea view on the idea

South Korea’s hockey coach don’t think a united hockey team is a good decision and state it can decrease the chances of winning.

A bunch of people signed online petitions asking the President of South Korea prevent this from happening.

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Source: abcnews.com

They state North Korea might be trying to win some to continue its nuclear-arms (ballistic missile) projects.

Is it for peace?

People have been talking about the possibility of peace on Korean peninsula. Is it real to happen?

The last launch of a missile in North Korea has led to a number of sanctions, and only after that North Korea was ready to talk.

As North Korea is planning to throw a military-themed parade one day before the Olympics, it might increase tensions with South Korea.

“The fact that North Korea is engaging in dialogue could be interpreted as proof that the sanctions are working,” Taro Kono, Japanese Foreign Minister, said.

“We haven’t had any significant engagement in the recent past – but this is an opportunity,” said South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

The ongoing discussion between both countries lasting for 2 years has affected the whole world a lot. Thus, this offer to participate in the Olympics might be a thaw in their relations.

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