Published: Mon, June 26, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Korea president invites N. Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

Korea president invites N. Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

A soldier from North Korea has defected to South Korea through the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) separating the two Koreas, making it the third such defection in just two weeks.

"The Kim Jong-un regime must step forward to achieve the denuclearization on the peninsula and respect human rights", the Premier added.

"If South Korea truly wants to improve the Korean ties and seek peace, it should stop picking on our nuclear deterrent force and stand against the U.S.'s plot for first nuclear strike on the North".

He quoted Moon as saying he supported dialogue, however, "dialogue is only possible when we have a strong military and engagement policies are only possible when we have the security capability to dominate North Korea".

World Taekwondo Federation becomes World Taekwondo.

South Korea President Moon Jae In has proposed that his country and North Korea form a unified team to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, pinning high hopes on sports as a driver to kickstart inter-Korean exchanges that have for years been at a standstill.

The state media under the North Korea's government control did not broadcast any report on the rocket test, according to Al Jazeera.

The 32 North Korean athletes attending the competition in South Korea this week are affiliated with the International Taekwondo Federation (ITF) that is combat training focused and allows more direct contact including punches to the head and face.

The possibility a combined Korean women's ice hockey team has also been raised by Do.

President Donald Trump warned that a "major, major conflict" with North Korea is possible and the U.S. will respond if provoked.

Around 4,000 people participated in the demonstration, the largest since South Korea and the United States agreed to deploy the system, known as Terminal High-Altitude Area Defence (THAAD).

Any trend in escapes might be linked to toughening sanctions aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear weapon ambitions.

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