Pyongyang snubs South Korea offer to share Winter Olympics


"I believe in power of sports which has been creating peace".

Centre-left Moon suggested on the campaign trail that as president he would be willing to go to Pyongyang before Washington, but he is making the USA his first foreign destination since he was sworn in last month after a landslide election win.

The statement, made at the JoongAng Ilbo-CSIS Forum in Seoul, came the same day Zhang Ping, the vice chairman of China's National People's Congress, called on South Korea to "get rid of the major obstacle called THAAD", during a meeting of 25 European and Asian parliamentary leaders at another Seoul forum, Yonhap reported.

Chang Ung is here to attend the World Taekwondo Championships, which begun yesterday. The two Koreas remain in a technical state of war. Its development has been complicated by the bitter rivalry between the communist North and capitalist South.

The World Takewondo Federation (WTF), formed way back in 1973, has displayed their acronym "WTF" proudly in the kimonos (fighting dress) and even while publicising the sport.

Donald Trump, current United States president has been criticizing North Korea in response to the death of Otto Warmbier, American student who was returned to the U.S. in a coma, after spending a year in detainment.

At this time there are no plans for the two federations to merge according to World Taekwondo officials.

According to Pompeo, he and Trump talk for almost an hour daily on North Korea.

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Choue Chung-won, director of the World Taekwondo, said the North Koreans will stay for the duration of the games.

"The North continues provocative military actions such as launching a ballistic missile", South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told veterans and government officials at a ceremony Sunday honoring the 67th anniversary of the start of the 1950-1953 Korean war.

Trump has called the leadership based in the North Korean capital as an "irrational regime", in his interview with CBS' This Morning.

A former national basketball captain and the North's sole International Olympic Committee member, Chang stressed that so-called sports diplomacy takes months of painstaking preparations and political coordination.

His visit to South Korea has coincided with the news that Pyeongchang 2018 will discuss plans for North Korea to stage competition during next year's Winter Olympics following a suggestion from the Government.

A unified group could allow North Koreans to take part in team events such as ice hockey.

But North Korea has rejected a proposal by South Korea's liberal president, Moon Jae-in, for a joint hosting of next year's Winter Olympic Games.