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

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

The Peace Olympics and The Road To War

Neither North Korea nor The USA are taking the current lull in provocations, to allow the Olympics to take place, seriously.

The North will hold a massive military parade on the 8th of February (the day before the Winter Olympics are opened)designed to scare the shit out of everyone.
Meanwhile the USA has just pulled its much touted choice for ambassador to South Korea, Victor Cha. The announcement took many by surprise, as Cha had passed all the security clearances and had been nodded in by the South.

Why was he booted from the role?

It seems that despite being regarded by many as a hawk, when he was asked if he would manage the evacuation of American citizens from South Korea he balked at the idea of the much touted "bloody nose" attack on the North.

I shall leave you all ponder the question who will evacuate the South Koreans from the South and the Japanese from Japan, in the event that things get out of hand.

However, be in no doubt, if the Olympics do take place without incident there is going to be one hell of a punch up afterwards. That is, sadly, very clear! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

North Korea Never Misses an Opportunity To Miss an Opportunity

North Korea has cancelled a joint cultural performance with South Korea scheduled for Feb. 4 blaming South Korean media for encouraging “insulting” public sentiment regarding the North.

Reuters reports that the North said it had no choice but to call off the performance, which was to be held in the North Korean territory of Mount Kumgang, as South Korean media continued to insult what Pyongyang called “sincere” measures regarding the Winter Olympics Seoul will host next month. 

Whilst it is likely that the main reason for cancellation is the North's infamous "prickliness", another reason may also be the flu outbreak that is raging in the North. It's health service will be unable to cope with a large scale outbreak, and during previous occasions of disease in AP eg SARS the North has sometimes shut its borders.

That being said, whatever the real reason of cancellation, the old adage:
"North Korea never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity"
springs to mind! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Naughty Reuters Ruins Olympic Flame Test brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Monday, January 29, 2018

North Koreans Won't Get Galaxy Note 8 - Sanctions Bite?

NK News reports that North Korean athletes involved in the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics will not receive a free Samsung Galaxy Note 8 for their participation.

The smartphone, which is being given to all other participants in the games, will not be gifted to the athletes to avoid violating international sanctions against Pyongyang, the Ministry of Unification said.

There are of course other sanctions issues that are yet to be clarified, eg the North Korean ski resort where South Koreans will train seemingly has equipment that was imported in violation of sanctions. Additionally, who will be paying for the North Korean delegation (several hundred people) when they are in the South? brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Friday, January 26, 2018

Kim is Out of Cash

It would seem that Kim may well have run out of cash.

It is not surprising that he has run out of cash, as attempting to push for economic growth and increase military expenditure at the same time is simply not possible in an economy as weak and pathetic as North Korea. The Soviet Union was brought to its knees by trying to achieve those two goals.

That being the case that Kim has run out of cash, the sudden enthusiasm for the Olympics is doubtless geared to finding ways and means to raise more cash. brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Pence Warns of Olympics Highjack brought to you by "The Living Brand"

All Smiles at The Olympics brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Thursday, January 25, 2018

North Korean Women's Ice Hockey Team Arrives brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Abe Coming To The Games To Talk Sex brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Olympics Poll brought to you by "The Living Brand"

We’re Gonna Foreclose This Risk

Before or after the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang? brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Welcome To The Peace Olympics!

As I have noted before on this site, North Korea have totally stolen South Korea's thunder wrt the Olympics. brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Excuses Being Harvested

Excuses are being harvested so that toys may be thrown out of the pram. brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Monday, January 22, 2018

The True Olympic Spirit! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Hyon Song-wol - Doesn't She Look Well? brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Military Build Up Continues According To This Thread brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Logistics of The North/South Olympics brought to you by "The Living Brand"

South Korea Not As Stupid As The USA Would Have Us Believe

There are two glaring ironies within this current lull in inter Korean hostilities:

1 North Korea has effectively stolen the Olympics show from the South.

2 The USA and its various media/social network/"expert" mouthpieces are pushing the narrative that peace is dangerous for the ROK/USA alliance.

Funny old world isn't it? brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Flag of Unity or Flag of Disunity?

Not everyone is delighted at the choice of flag! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

North Korea Steals The Show!

Quite a few "deliverables" have been announced by North and South Korea wrt the forthcoming winter Olympics:

- North and South will march under a unified Korean flag at next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony

- They will form a single South-North women’s ice hockey team (subject to howls of protest from ROK residents)

- North Korea will send a 230-member cheering squad to attend the games.

- A Taekwondo demonstration team will travel to the South on the 7th.

- The North and South will carry out joint training of the South and North Korean skiers at Masikryong ski resort built by Kim in 2013 in the North.

- The North will send a 150-member delegation to PyeongChang Winter Paralympics in March.

It has taken South Korea (ROK) ten years of hard work and planning to bring the Games to fruition, and North Korea only a matter of days to steal the whole show! 

Kim is currently punching way above his weight (and he isn't exactly skinny) wrt the Olympics and the stand off with the USA; let us trust and assume that hubris does not lead to a fatal error that will cost the lives of millions! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Not So Unified! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

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"! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

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. brought to you by "The Living Brand"

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! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Monday, January 15, 2018

North Korea Playing Silly Buggers As Usual brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Friday, January 12, 2018

ROK Sets Out Its Terms For The North's Participation 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! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

And So It Begins..North Korea Adds To Its Demands brought to you by "The Living Brand"

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? brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Reality Check! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pence To Go To The Olympics

No use of the word "ironclad" yet! brought to you by "The Living Brand"

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. brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Peace In Our Time? brought to you by "The Living Brand"

Joint March Possible brought to you by "The Living Brand"

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). brought to you by "The Living Brand"