SKorean president calls for NKorean Olympic participation

Taeyang selected as Pyeong Chang Olympics ambassador

Moon made the comments during the opening ceremony of the world taekwondo championships in the South Korean town of Muju, where a North Korean delegation led by International Olympic Committee member Chang Ung was also present. The minister said PyeongChang 2018 could be the "Peace Olympics" if North Korea was to participate.

"It will be discussed when the International Olympic Committee president arrives and I will take part in the discussion as an International Olympic Committee delegate", added Mr Jang, as he arrived in South Korea for a taekwondo conference.

Among Jong-hwan's ideas are a women's hockey team comprised of both North and South Koreans to compete in the Games.

In addition, 69.7 percent said Korea's new government under President Moon Jae-in will have a positive effect on the country's hosting of the PyeongChang Olympics, according to the Korea Times.

The Paralympic Games take place March 9 to March 18.

Reports also suggest that some skiing events could even be moved north of the border.


A liberal candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon has pledged greater dialogue with North Korea in a bid to reduce tensions.

Taeyang, 29, joins actors Lee Min-ho and Kim Woo-bin as "hallyu" stars tasked with extolling the virtues of South Korea's first Winter Games.

The proposal could receive criticism from the United States, which is reeling from the death of Otto Warmbier, a University of Virginia student who was arrested by North Korea in 2015 for allegedly stealing a propaganda sign during his trip to the country.

"If the South Korean authorities continue to go for confrontation, refusing to accept this will and intention, we will make our own option". In April, South Korea's women's soccer team traveled to Pyongyang for an Asian Cup qualifier.

Moon has expressed a desire to use the February 9-25 Pyeongchang Olympics to reach out to North Korea, with relations between the two at their lowest point in decades.

John Delury, a professor at Yonsei University's Graduate School of International Relations, said the games were an appropriate venue to at least try to mend ties. "Whether Pyongyang is capable of being engaged is a question that can only be answered by trying".

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