South Korea wants North Korea to host some 2018 Winter Olympics events
- Author: Megan Austin Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 1:19
The US is activating a missile defence system in South Korea and tightened sanctions against the North in April.
It is the only one ski resort in the North and the brainchild of the country's leader Kim Jong Un.
Do Jong-hwan, South Korea's sports minister, suggested the measure, which reflects statements the new South Korean president Moon Jae-in has previously stated about mending ties between the two Koreas, according to The Guardian.
Pyongyang boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, which were both held in Seoul, but has since taken part in worldwide sports competitions south of the border, most recently the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon.
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The sports minister further said that both Nation could co-host the ski resort even with Jang Woong, who is the delegate of North Korea to the IOC.
"Hopefully we'll be able to ease lingering tensions as we try to bring North Korea on board", Do said, adding that he was also considering carrying the Olympic torch in North Korean cities such as Kaesong or Pyongyang.
It is not the first time proposals for North Korea to host competitions at the Games have been mooted, with the suggestion having been raised back in 2015.
Taeyang joins a list of ambassadors from the worlds of sport and entertainment to promote the Games that run from February 9-25. Last week, North Korea released American university student Otto Warmbier after he spent 17 months in prison.
But building stadiums and holding games in North Korea would raise two major questions: How sound is investment in a nation that continues to threaten its neighbors and enemies with an ever-evolving nuclear missile program, and would worldwide travelers feel at ease visiting the country that just released a U.S. detainee in a coma? He returned to the U.S.in a coma and died days later.