Published: Tue, January 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

International Olympic Committee extends North Korea's Winter Olympics participation decision 'deadline'

International Olympic Committee extends North Korea's Winter Olympics participation decision 'deadline'

The extension comes a day before the North and South are due to meet for official talks, in what will be the first high-level contact between the two countries in more than two years.

High-level officials from the two Koreas are slated to talk Tuesday about North Korea's possible participation in the Winter Olympics next month in South Korea, but it's uncertain whether longer-term relations between the two countries will be discussed.

The South Korean government on Tuesday will announce its official view on the previous administration's 2015 deal with Japan meant to resolve the issue of wartime "comfort women", with several diplomatic sources saying Seoul will call on Tokyo to voluntarily take additional action.

On Saturday, Chang told reporters in Beijing that North Korea is "likely to participate" in the games, adding fuel to speculations that North Korea is seeking wild-card opportunities to participate in the PyeongChang games, a possibility which has been floating around for some time.

"Right now they're talking Olympics".

Seoul has been keen to proclaim the event in Pyeongchang, just 80km south of the DMZ, a "peace Olympics" in the wake of ICBM and nuclear tests by the North - but it needs the North to attend to make the description meaningful.

The DPRK could demand the halt of the South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises this year in return for Pyongyang's suspension of provocation to keep the inter-Korean dialogue mood alive.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, who turned 34 on Monday, has taken great pride in his nuclear and missile progress over the past year.

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Trump and Kim have traded barbs about their nuclear arsenals. "And I think it's now time to start moving American dependents out of South Korea".

The Trump administration has agreed to delay upcoming springtime drills with South Korea until after the Olympic Games.

US Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said that the move was a practical necessity to accommodate the Olympics and was not a political gesture.

Issues of mutual concern to improve inter-Korean relations would be on the dialogue agenda, such as urgent issues which South Korea proposed in July previous year to discuss, the spokesman said.

Hayley stressed during the interview that USA tension with North Korea is a "serious situation, and [Kim] can't sit there and imply that he's going to destroy the United States without us reminding him of the facts and the reality that if you go there, it's not us that's going to be detroyed, it's you".

The North's delegation will be led by Ri Son Gwon, the head of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of Korea.

South Korea's delegation will be headed by Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon. Ri is known as a close associate of senior Workers' Party official Kim Yong Chol, who Seoul officials believe was behind two attacks in 2010 that killed 50 South Koreans.

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