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North Korea dismiss Moon call for united Pyeongchang team

26 Juin 2017

"I understand that these topics have been covered in the media", the former President of the ITF said.

"North Korea is a totalitarian state sponsor of terror run by a madman willing to do anything to keep his power, including the brutal subjugation of his own people and the imprisonment and torture of foreigners - including Americans", explained Fitzpatrick.

If they form a unified team for the Pyeongchang Olympics, it would represent a major milestone in inter-Korean relations.

"It will be discussed when the International Olympic Committee president arrives and I will take part in the discussion as an International Olympic Committee delegate", added Jang, as he arrived in South Korea for a taekwondo conference. "I hope the achievements made here in the field of Taekwondo may be carried over to the PyeongChang Winters Olympics next year".

Both events happened ahead of June 25, which is in North Korea's calendar as the "day of struggle against USA imperialism". "The successful test-firing of the Hyunmoo-2 indicates that (South Korea) has secured a maximum firing range based on the New Missile Guideline", the spokesperson noted.

The event in Muju is being organized by the South Korean dominated World Taekwondo (recently rebranded from the World Taekwondo Federation - WTF) that emphasizes fast kicks.

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Six South Koreans, of whom three are Christian pastors, and ae Canadian also also imprisoned in North Korea.

It's a twist on the typical pattern on the Korean Peninsula, where North Korean state media frequently issues reports about leader Kim Jong Un observing missile tests that it says are needed to combat South Korean and U.S. hostility.

"I believe in the power of sports that has been creating peace", Moon said in his address.

The 64-year-old, elected as the country's President last month after a cronyism scandal led to Park Geun-hye being impeached, has pledged greater dialogue with the neighbouring country in a bid to reduce tensions between the two nations.

"The North continues provocative military actions such as launching a ballistic missile", South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-yon told war veterans and government officials at a ceremony in the capital, Seoul.

Clapper, who served as the spy chief for 6 1/2 years through November last year, voiced the need for an "alternative approach" to break the drawn-out deadlock on the North's nuclear issues, referring to the "interest section" the U.S. ran within the Swiss Embassy in Cuba for almost four decades until it opened its own embassy in July 2015.

North Korea dismiss Moon call for united Pyeongchang team