Published: Mon, February 12, 2018
Science | By Hubert Green

South Korea conservatives planning boycott over North Korea

South Korea conservatives planning boycott over North Korea

Men's snowboarding (slopestyle gold medal final): Ryan Stassel, who finished 14th at the last Winter Olympics, headlines a Team USA snowboarding crew that enters Pyeongchang as heavy favorites, though the other slopestyle men's snowboarders are first-time Olympians.

Kim's unusual invitation, which was received by Moon with both caution and optimism, was the latest sign of growing closeness between the two rival governments after an exceptionally tense period over the North's nuclear weapons program.

North Korean cheerleaders cheer the unified Korean team ahead of its women's preliminary round ice hockey game against Switzerland in Gangneung, South Korea, at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Feb. 10, 2018.

Protesters march in downtown Seoul to criticize North Korean leader Kim Jong-un on February 10, 2018. That said, the PyeongChang ceremony did manage to beat out the 2008 ceremony in Torino (22.2 million) by 27 percent.

If Moon accepts Kim's offer to come to the North, it will be the third summit meeting between the two Koreas.

"It is too early to say if. using the Olympics in a way to reduce tensions, if that is going to have any traction once the Olympics are over, we can't say right now", Mattis said.

The first true night of Olympic competition in PyeongChang seems to have held up pretty well for NBC.

South Korea's President Moon Jae-in waved and smiled, as did IOC President Thomas Bach, as the Korea athletes marched together with two flag-bearers together. China has suggested that talks could start if the United States suspended its regular joint military exercises with South Korea, and if North Korea reciprocated by shelving nuclear and missile tests.

Pyongyang conducted its largest nuclear test previous year and in November tested its most advanced intercontinental ballistic missile that experts said has the range to reach anywhere in the United States. "We are making sure our systems are secure and they are secure".

Moon is scheduled to host a luncheon at the Blue House presidential palace in Seoul Saturday for the delegation.

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