Kim Jong-un Wants North Korea to Become Olympic Champion

Kim Jong-un wants to make North Korea a dominating sport – like East Germany in the 1970s and 80s.

The North Korean leader devotes a lot of resources to training and infrastructure, his more and more athletes are acknowledged, and the country now even has a sports TV channel, although it is unclear how many people can watch it.

But, even though Kim's decision to send the team to Pyeongchang has a political impact, North Korean athletes face tough challenges in most competitions. It seems like there is still a lot of homework to do North Korea.

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North Korea has participated in nine Winter Olympics, starting at Innsbruck in 1964.

So far the country has won just two medals: silver and bronze, in sport speedskating and speedskating short-range. [vm/ii]

States Give Indication of Willingness to Speak with North Korea

The United States gives an indication of a new willingness to talk to North Korea, but it is still difficult to estimate the achievement of a peaceful settlement of the nuclear crisis on the Korean peninsula in the near future.

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on Sunday (19/2) he intends to keep the channels of communication open with North Korea and is listening if there is any indication that Kim Jong-un's government is ready to speak.

Changes in attitude coming from President Donald Trump's government towards support for unconditional exploratory talks with Pyongyang , and away from discussions about the deterrent attacks against North Korea, has emerged in response to the concerted concerted Olympic cooperation and negotiated by South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

See also: US Continues to Wear Maximum Pressure Against North Korea

North Korea's consent to participating in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in South Korea has been accompanied by a stoppage of North Korea's intensive efforts in the development of intercontinental nuclear ballistic missiles (ICBM) that could strike the American mainland.

The United States participated in tension reduction efforts by suspending joint military exercises with Korea South until after the Olympics ended.

US, South Korea postpone Military Training after the Winter Olympics

After leading the American Olympic delegation in South Korea, American Vice President Mike Pence also said Americans might be open to unofficial talks, but stressed the US would continue to increase sanctions against North Korea until Pyongyang approved official talks to stop North Korea's nuclear program in return. [gp]

South Korean President Reluctant to Discuss Meeting With North Korea

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Saturday he hoped his efforts to establish relations with North Korea in the Olympics would also help for better relations between North Korea and the United States and begin negotiations on the destruction of the program (19459007) about what must happen before he receives North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un's invitation to hold a summit. He previously said "do not go too far" about high-level meetings.

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Moon has not received a North Korean offer, delivered on Feb. 10 by Kim's sister Kim Yo Jong. Moon only said that the two Koreas had to "create conditions" for the negotiations.

There is one reason why Moon is very cautious: The United States.

Moon is likely to want to negotiate with North Korea as well as to improve relations between North Korea and United States, so as not to distance the most important South Korean ally. The United States maintains the presence of 28,500 troops in South Korea to counter the North Korean invasion. [vm/ii]

US Continues to Wear Maximum Pressure Against North Korea

Despite the recent inter-Korean dialogue at the Winter Olympics that has created diplomatic opportunities between the United States and North Korea, continued talks between the two sides are still difficult to achieve, said former US officials and analysts.

Spokesperson US State Department Heather Nauert said this week the United States is interested in conducting preliminary talks aimed at setting a more meaningful agenda on North nuclear disarmament.

Read also: US Does Not Plan a Limited Military Attack Against North Korea

The willingness to talk is seen by many experts as a subtle shift in Washington's stance to resume talks with Pyongyang and arose after the presence of US Vice-President Mike Pence at the Pyeongchang Olympic Games. The Washington Post reported that during the Pence visit Washington and Seoul had agreed to further the terms of dialogue with Pyongyang.

The Trump Government says that the general policy on North Korea remains unchanged, and the efforts of maximum pressure continue despite the flexibility of dialogue , a widely supported attitude by former US officials and experts in Washington. [gp]

US Does not Plan a Limited Military Attack Against North Korea

A top US State Department official on Thursday (16/2) raised doubts about the idea that the United States will hold a limited military offensive to North Korea, an idea known as the "bloody nose strategy. "

A staggering North Korean charm at the Olympics seems to be held to boost the country's image among many people. While the United States indicates openness to dialogue, Washington also continues its maximum pressure on Pyongyang.

Susan Thornton, assistant assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said, "We imagine the pressure will continue to rise. Pressure will not slacken. We open up the opportunity for dialogue, as you say, and we want that dialogue on one issue, denuclearization, our comprehensive goal in this policy. "

Thornton said, as far as he knew, there was no" bloody nose "strategy or limited military attack plan on the Korean Peninsula. It indicates that diplomacy is the number one priority.

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The United States Department of State says, on North Korea to stop nuclear aggression or engage in talks. US State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said, "We left the door open. We want a dialogue on one issue, denuclearization. Our policy has not changed. Our policies remain the same. The whole objective is denuclearization. "

While Washington does not support regime change, some analysts say the United States needs to dialogue with China to find out the location of North Korean nuclear weapons in preparation for any scenario.

Bonnie Glaser of the Center for Strategic Studies and International ( CSIS ) revealed, "One of the reasons we want to dialogue with China on this issue is whether there is a North Korean nuclear test facility located not far from the Chinese border, or within 100 kilometers . The United States believes China does not want US troops to move towards China's borders should the crisis happen. "

A week ago, a Chinese diplomat reassured US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson that Beijing is committed to pressuring North Korea over its nuclear weapons program. [ab/lt]