MICHAEL TYMAN: Two 'Super Six' skiers to compete in South Korea

Michele Moreno
February 5, 2018

Yun also said that he perceived the renewed communication between South and North Korea over the PyeongChang Winter Olympics this year, as a "good opportunity" to make efforts toward denuclearization.

But the addition of North Korean players has provoked controversy in the South, with accusations that Seoul is depriving some of its own players of the chance to compete at a home Olympics for political purposes.

Abe has said other possible topics include trilateral cooperation with the United States to rein in North Korea's nuclear weapons program and the 2015 agreement with South Korea on the "comfort women" who were forced to work in Japan's wartime military brothels.

South Korean fans chanting, "We are one" and wearing shirts with the unification flag emblazoned on the front packed into a freezing ice hockey arena on Sunday to cheer on the joint Korean women's team in a tune-up for this month's Winter Olympics.

South Korea used a rare chartered flight between the countries to fly the North Korean athletes on Thursday.

In Washington, the White House said in a statement that the two men "agreed on the need to intensify the global maximum pressure campaign to denuclearize North Korea".

On Saturday, two members of the North's official Olympic delegation were found to have come to South Korea despite having no IOC-issued accreditations.

While the easing of tensions is an advance for the peoples of North and South Korea, it has not sparked the same enthusiasm in the South as previous joint delegations. North's foreign ministry spokesman slammed Trump in an interview with state media Korean Central News Agency (KCNA).

In January, the two Koreas - which have technically been at war for 65 years - signed a historic agreement paving the way for athletes from the North to be able to compete in the games.

Some experts see the North's cooperation in the South Korean-hosted Olympics as an attempt to use improved inter-Korean ties as a way to weaken US -led global sanctions against North Korea.

Besides athletes, North Korea has also agreed to send hundreds of musicians and entertainers to the games, which end February 25.

Experts said that North Korea seems to want to break its diplomatic isolation by sending its ceremonial leader to the games, where global leaders will gather together.

The president is expected to meet with eight defectors in the Oval Office, The Washington Post reported.

North Korean leader Kim Jung Un said in his 2018 New Year's speech that the country faces its "harshest-ever challenges" as a result of the "difficult living conditions caused by life-threatening sanctions and containment".

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