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News, information and stories about the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and the Olympics in general.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018

North Korea To Celebrate The "Peace" Olympics With Military Parade

I would normally say "how ironic". However, North Korea doesn't do "irony"!

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North Korea's Diversion Tactic

The diversion has been effectively kyboshed by Tillerson, who says there will be no "freeze for freeze" scenario whereby the USA suspends its military exercises beyond the Olympics.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

North and South Korea To March Under Unification Flag?


The media claim that North and South Korea might march into the Olympics stadium under the unification flag.

Let us see if the North really does turn up!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

North Korea Playing Silly Buggers As Usual


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Friday, January 12, 2018

ROK Sets Out Its Terms For The North's Participation


NKNews.org reports that a letter addressed to North Korean representative Ri Son Gwon on Friday, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MoU) proposed a high level meeting on January 15 to discuss the DPRK’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, according to the MoU spokesperson’s office.


The R.O.K. Government proposed to hold working-level talks through the Panmunjeom communications channel today (1.12) under the name of Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon, chief delegate of the inter-Korean high-level talks, addressed to North Korea’s chief delegate,” an email from the spokesperson’s office read.

In the letter, the R.O.K. Government proposed to meet at Panmunjeom (Peace House) on January 15, 10 A.M.,” it added.

A delegation of three officials from Seoul would be present, with the chief delegate being Unification Vice Minister Chun Hae-sung.

The South also delivered a document presenting its position regarding the North’s participation in the PyeongChang Olympics and matters on cultural events,” the email added.

Now the horse-trading begins!

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And So It Begins..North Korea Adds To Its Demands


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

North Korean Delegation To Be 400-500


Yonhap reports that North Korea is expected to send a delegation of between 400-500 people to South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

May I ask who will be paying for them, and will that payment breach sanctions?

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Reality Check!



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pence To Go To The Olympics

No use of the word "ironclad" yet!

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The Triumph of The Will?


Not everyone believes that that the recent/sudden thaw in relations between North Korea and ROK is as genuine as it may appear.

It is true to say that certain people, such as Bolton, will always be naysayers wrt attempts to make peace. However, it is worth remembering that the 1936 Berlin Olympics were used by the Nazis to show themselves to be a country of "peace" and to further propagandise the myth of the "Triumph of The Will".

Whilst North Korea is not hosting the Games, it will do its best to ride the coattails of ROK wrt the positive publicity the Games will engender. ROK should be on its guard and maximise the opportunity (if North Korea really does attend) to show the North the benefits of democracy, a high standard of living and geopolitical/economic interaction with the world.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Peace In Our Time?

 
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Joint March Possible


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Guess Who's Coming To The PyeongChang Winter Olympics?


Following the hastily arranged and much hyped meeting today between ROK and North Korea, it has been agreed that North Korea will attend the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang (9 February - 25 February 2018) and that they will march in with the ROK team.

As to whether this actually comes to fruition, we shall see.

There are ample opportunities for things to blow this off course eg:

- North Korea performs one of its usual provocations
- The USA decides not to postpone its military exercises
- The USA boycotts the Games
- The USA enacts a pre emptive strike
- People start asking too many questions about who is paying for the North Korean delegation (they never pay their way).


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