According to the source, residents who are more aware of this fact are expressing doubts that despite Kim Jong Un's political efforts, not many athletes may be able to participate.
Yonhap said South Korea has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Hockey Federation for permission to expand the roster of its women's hockey team, to bring in North Korean players. The IOC also helped provide training equipment to North Korean athletes a year ago. But the USA remains unbent on demanding compliance with sanctions.
South Korea's President Moon Jae-in has been put in the delicate position of trying to engage the North in genuine dialogue, while not upsetting his very sceptical American ally.
It is very instructive to hear their voice, which is completely ignored by the USA big business media. If this were any other country, that might be an issue, but it's hard to imagine a late registration would keep these North Korean athletes from competing. "If the Olympics thrive, more tourists come and revenue rises", the mid-40s man said. This was generally taken to mean that the South was prepared to provide monetary support to ensure the North's participation goes smoothly.
For months, the US president and North Korea's leader have volleyed insults back and forth, most memorably with Trump dubbing Kim Jong Un "rocket man", and Kim responding that Trump was a "dotard".
Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik are a pair of figure skaters from North Korea. But its offer of detente is not without conditions. They can't have us guessing.
North Korea, he said, is a big problem.
"Why is the prospect of peace in Korea so threatening to those vested in maintaining the U.S. -ROK alliance?" South Korea and Japan are key US allies in Asia and those most affected by the risk of conflict with North Korea. There are hopes that as a participant, North Korea will steer clear of such provocations as nuclear and missile testing, leading to more spectators.
The United States, which has 28,500 troops stationed in South Korea as a legacy of the 1950-1953 Korean War, initially responded coolly to the idea of inter-Korean meetings, but U.S. President Donald Trump later called them "a good thing". The U.S. goal would be "denuclearization", jargon for getting Pyongyang to give up its weapons. For the USA military industrial complex, a divided Korea perpetually threatened by war is a bonanza. And the continued division of the peninsula is critical to keep it that way.
Also on Friday, South Korea's Unification Ministry invited the North to further talks about the Olympics in the truce village of Panmunjom on January 15, a statement said.
Trump's repositioning represents just the latest twist in USA rhetoric and behavior over the unsafe nuclear showdown that's created confusion as to exactly where the administration stands on the first major foreign policy crisis of Trump's term.
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