North Korean controversial officials to attend the Olympic closure in South Korea

North Korea (North Korea) will again send a high delegation to the closing of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea (ROK). The delegation will be led by a controversial North Korean official, believed to be responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of a South Korean military ship in 2010.

The closing ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea will be held on Sunday (25/2). Just as it opened on 9 February, North Korea will also send delegates to the closing. But this time Kim Yo-Jong, North Korea's younger brother Kim Jong-Un, did not participate.

Spoken by South Korean Ministry of Unification in a statement, as reported by Reuters Thursday (22/2/2018) the North's high will be led by Kim Yong-Chol, who is Vice Chairman of the Central Commission of the North Korean Workers Party. The delegation will stay for three days in South Korea.

It is known that Kim Yong-Chol also heads the United Front Department, the North Korean authority's office responsible for handling inter-Korean affairs. Kim Yong-chol's own figure is actually quite controversial for South Korea.

Previously he was Head of General Reconnaissance Bureau or RGM which is a military intelligence agency of North Korea. South Korean authorities say Kim Yon-Chol is responsible for the tragedy of the sinking of the South Korean navy ship Cheonan in 2010. At least 46 South Korean sailors were killed in the tragedy.

South Korean Unification Minister Cho Myoung-Gyon says the torpedo attack that sank the South Korean military ship was carried out by North Korea. "Kim (Yong-Chol) is responsible for South Korean affairs, that's why we accept it because we believe it will help improve inter-Korean relations and resolve the issue of denuclearization," Cho told parliamentarians. Carousel.

South Korea and the United States actually put Kim Yong-Chol's name on the blacklist because he supports North Korea's missile and nuclear program. With blacklisted, he was banned from visiting South Korea. However, according to an official of the South Korean presidential office, South Korean authorities decided to accept Kim Yong-chol's presence for the good of the Olympics.

The South Korean official declared his authority to notify the US of Kim Yong-chol's presence.

Kim Yong-Chol, another North Korean official, Ri Son-Gwon will also be present at the closing of the Olympics. Ri, also involved in inter-Korean affairs, also accompanied Kim Yo-Jong's sister while attending the opening ceremony of the Olympics in early February. The eight-member North Korean delegation will come to South Korea via land and is scheduled to meet South Korean President Moon Jae-In. The time and location of the meeting has not yet been publicly disclosed.

(nvc / ita)

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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]

Despite Walking Slow, South Korean Olympic Diplomacy Reaches Progress

South Korea continues to push the process of peace through the Olympics, amid criticism that North Korea is only following the process to ease economic sanctions without stopping its nuclear weapons program.

South Korea's continuing South Moon Jae-in easing tensions with North Korea helping to secure North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea and a lull in Pyongyang's provocative nuclear missile and nuclear test.

In a joint reconciliation attitude, North Korea and South Korea Olympic delegates march together under a special unification flag in Friday's opening ceremony. Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also to South Korea to attend the Olympics. He was the first member of Kim's ruling family to visit South Korea since the split of Korea at the end of World War II. During a meeting with Moon, Kim presented an invitation to the South Korean president to visit Pyongyang for a summit of leaders.

There were previously only two summits between North and South Korean leaders. The most recent one lasted more than a decade ago, in 2007. Kim Jong-un, who came to power in 2011, has never met a foreign head of state.

On Tuesday, Kim Jong-un said he wanted to encourage "climate reconciliation and warm dialogue "with South Korea following the successful visits of North Korea's North Korean delegation, the North Korean state media.

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The easing of tensions between the two Koreas is a direct result of President Moon's ongoing diplomatic efforts and indicates Kim Jong Un's willingness to respond to a constructive relationship, said John Delury, a North Korean analyst at Seoul's Yonsei University.

But those skeptical declared Pyongyang's openness to dialogue a deceptive tactic. According to them, North Korea's cooperation in the Olympics is intended to undermine America's "maximum pressure" policy to force North Korea to change its behavior with enhanced economic sanctions and the threat of military power, without giving meaningful concessions to end its nuclear program. [uh]

North Korean Delegation Arrives to Attend Olympic Opening

Younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has arrived in South Korea.

Kim Yo-jong was the first of the old North Korean ruling families to visit South Korea since the end of the 1950-1953 Korean War. He and his entourage, including North Korean ceremonial head Kim Yong Nam, landed at Incheon International Airport on Friday

Kim Yo-jong, senior member of the ruling Workers Party in North Korea and a key adviser to his brother.

The United Nations permits high-level North Korean delegates to visit South Korea for the Olympics, excluding them from sanctions against the repressive regime.

The exception has an immediate effect on Choe Hwei, the senior leader of the North Korean Workers Party, which has been listed on UN sanctions since 2 June 2017, and subject to travel restrictions and frozen assets.

South Korea's mission to the UN informs the Security Council committee that the 22-member delegation from North Korea is expected to attend the opening ceremony on Friday and stay until Sunday.

Exception by the UN it also allows North Korean delegates to take home the luxury goods whose imports are prohibited. [1 9659002] South Korea proposed the exemption by notifying the UN committee in a letter that the visit "would be a timely opportunity to ease tensions on the Korean peninsula and beyond."

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Posters around the Olympic venues advise high vigilance. Nine hundred troops were deployed to the area to help. The worried organizers imposed a 1,200-person quarantine and they were required to stay in their rooms.

Officials had trouble on the eve of the biggest event ever planned in South Korea over the years – not because of things related to North Korea and national security, but in an effort to ward off the spread of norovirus in Pyeongchang matches.

Local media are concerned about "panic virus". South Koreans are always quick to voice their opinions on the internet, rollicking scornful responses and government preparations. Is the game hygienic? What will people say about South Korea? Will this spread to athletes?

Fear of Norovirus may be unwarranted. But with a national reputation, officials are still working hard to block its spread. No one wants these games to be associated with diseases such as Zika, mosquito-borne diseases that cause birth defects and infestation at the Rio Games in 2016.

Noroviruses are contagious viruses that cause unpleasant symptoms including diarrhea and vomiting but do not require treatment medical; most people cured themselves after a few days.

The major outbreaks of this disease were previously reported in restaurants, yachts, nursing homes, schools and building complexes using the same water source.

According to Olympic organizers, the spread of norovirus begins on Sunday when private security workers living in the Jinbu district of Pyeongchang began complaining of headaches, stomach aches and diarrhea. About 1,200 people are encouraged to stay in their rooms during the infectious virus test. Local and national health officials said they had investigated 1,023 people.

Olympic organizers said on Wednesday that 32 workers were treated for norovirus and quarantined, including three foreigners. Because of the sick workers handling security, 900 military personnel were deployed in 20 locations until the sick and were encouraged to stay in their rooms could return to work.

Officials conducted epidemiological surveys to track the spread of the disease. The previous five-day survey of water for cooking and drinking showed negative norovirus. Health officials also said they examined restaurants and all Olympic-related food facilities.

Noroviruses usually spread through contaminated food or water, close contact with an infected patient or by touching surfaces or contaminated objects; the virus can survive outside the body for several days. There is no special medical treatment for this virus even though doctors advise people to drink plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration.

To prevent further spread of health workers recommending frequent hand washing and cleaning of contaminated surfaces. They also advise patients to stay away from public places until at least two days after their illness has healed. [my/jm]