North Korea could co-host the 2018 Olympics, according to Seoul

Lucy Bush
June 25, 2017

South Korea's new sports minister is pushing to form an inter-Korean women's hockey team ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Do hopes to discuss the possibility of co-hosting with Chang Ung, the North's representative on the International Olympic Committee, and IOC President Thomas Bach when the officials attend an international taekwondo tournament in the South in late June.

"If the neighboring countries in north-east Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace", Moon said.

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The championships, which will feature a performance by the North Korean taekwondo demonstration team, mark the first sports exchange between the Koreas since the liberal Moon took office in May. But talks broke down and the North boycotted the Games.

A liberal candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon has pledged greater dialogue with North Korea in a bid to reduce tensions.

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In a commentary Friday, North Korean state-controlled newspaper Rodong Sinmun said that if South Korea pursues peace with the North, it should "stop all hostilities", including sanctions.

Respondents also chose their most anticipated South Korean athlete of the Winter Games, with two-time Olympic long-track speed skating 500m champion Lee Sang-Hwa receiving the most votes of 79.

Last month, Christophe Dubi, the IOC's executive director for the Olympic Games, claimed the organisation are monitoring the situation on the Korean peninsula prior to Pyeongchang 2018.

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The two nations played in an International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship Division II Group A competition in April at Olympic venue Gangneung, where the South Koreans overcame the North 3-0.

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