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North Korea will send 22 athletes to Olympics in South As Olympics approach, things to know about Pyeongchang
| 24 January, 2018, 08:51

"We're in a historic situation".

“They are, indeed, obsessed with pro-US sycophancy and confrontation with fellow countrymen, ” said the statement, carried by the state news agency KCNA. "Athletes from these two states are technically at war".

Song, however, noted that the message of peace during the opening ceremony may be better emphasized by North Korea's participation in the games.

North Korea also lashed out, calling the games' conservative critics in the South "human scum" and accusing them of "unpardonable atrocities".

The administration of South Korea's liberal president, Moon Jae-in, is also under pressure over its offer to send athletes to a North Korean ski resort for joint training. During the ceremony, North and South Korean athletes will march as one under the Korean Unification Flag as the two countries have done at the Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Turin 2006 Olympics.

Before the announcement Tuesday, Paektu Cultural Exchange, an organization that arranges North Korea tours, had been advertising a trip to Pyongyang that it said could include watching a "rare military parade" on February 8.

Cheong Seong-chang, a senior fellow at South Korea's Sejong Institute think tank, said it could be part of an attempt to steal the show from South Korea, and that North Korea might use the parade to unveil weapons such as a new intercontinental ballistic missile.

In addition, he also served on the Pan American Sport Organization Executive Committee in April 2017 and with the International Council of Arbitration for Sport in January 2015. "It is the mission of the Olympic Games and the IOC to treat everybody equally and to be politically neutral and to try to unite people". Sixteen of the 22 athletes will compete in figure skating, ice hockey, short track and speed skating, while the other six are alpine and cross-country skiers.

Sarah Murray, coach of the unified Korean women's hockey team, answers a question during a press conference held at the Jincheon National Training Center in North Chungcheong Province on January 22.

Yang Jung-woong (L), executive producer of the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Song Seung-whan (C), executive creative director, and Lee Hee-beom, head of the organizing committee for PyeongChang 2018, brief reporters on the opening and closing ceremonies of next month's Winter Games on January 23, 2018, at the Main Press Centre in Alpensia Resort in PyeongChang, 180 kilometers east of Seoul.

The 12 athletes will be joined by the North Korean head coach and two support staff and will arrive in South Korea on January 25 to begin building some chemistry with the South Korean team that has been training together for the Games over the past few years. "I'm going to pick the good ones and play them".


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