North Korea ‘possible’ to affix Winter Olympics, says regime official

IOC delegate Chang Ung makes comment at Beijing airport whereas apparently travelling to Switzerland, the place the Olympic committee relies

North Korea’s Olympic consultant has reportedly stated the reclusive nation is “more likely to take part” in subsequent month’s Winter Video games in South Korea.

The feedback by Chang Ung, Pyongyang’s consultant to the Worldwide Olympic Committee, come a day after the North and South agreed to carry uncommon talks subsequent week and hours after Seoul and Washington introduced they might postpone joint army workouts that rile North Korea.

The Japanese information company Kyodo stated Chang made the temporary remark to reporters throughout a visit Beijing’s worldwide airport.

Kyodo stated Chang was believed to be travelling to Switzerland, the place the IOC relies.

It quoted unnamed sources saying the journey could also be geared toward assembly with the IOC to debate the North’s potential participation within the video games at Pyeongchang.

North Korean chief Kim Jong-Un stated in a brand new yr speech that his nation wished success for the Olympics, to be held from 9-25 February, and would contemplate sending a delegation.

The 2 Koreas have been separated by the world’s most closely militarised border because the Korean battle led to 1953.

Seoul and organisers are eager for the North to participate within the video games to assist ease worsening tensions on the Korean peninsula stemming from Kim’s confrontation with the world over his nation’s nuclear and missile programmes.

In current months, North Korea has held a number of missile launches and its sixth and strongest nuclear take a look at – purportedly of a hydrogen bomb – in violation of UN resolutions banning such exercise.

However the brand new yr has introduced a marked softening of tone on each side.

Seoul has reacted warmly to Kim’s Olympic overture and the 2 Koreas this previous week restored a cross-border hotline that had been shut down since 2016 and agreed to carry high-level talks subsequent week – the primary since 2015.

These talks are anticipated to deal with issues together with the North’s Olympic participation.

Additionally in current days, the USA and South Korea agreed to delay their joint army workouts till after the Olympics, apparently to ease the state of affairs with Pyongyang.

The common joint drills have been criticised by some as including to regional tensions, notably by Beijing and Moscow who’ve each referred to as for them to be suspended.