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South Korea's Moon Jae-In heads to US as North threat grows

26 Juin 2017

"It took us five months", Chang, who is leading the North Korea delegation at the taekwondo event, said.

"After [qualification] maybe we can discuss have team merging such as female ice hockey we can combined together", Choue said.

In April, singling out the THAAD deployment to South Korea, Trump said "I informed South Korea it would be appropriate if they pay", even though the system's goal includes protecting the 25,000 US forces stationed in South Korea whose deployment is heavily subsidized by Seoul and which deters a major threat the USA national security in North Korea.

In a Sunday editorial published by the state-run Rodong Sinmun newspaper, North Korea promised to continue its development of nuclear weapons and the ballistic missiles necessary to deliver them to any target on the planet, regardless of whether bilateral diplomatic negotiation takes place, according to a report by Yonhap News Agency.

"If the North Korean team were to participate in PyeongChang it would contribute greatly to realize the peace in the Korean Peninsula", Moon said.

Asked if he agreed with co-hosting from a general perspective, Chang replied: "I only abide by the Olympic Charter".

During the election campaign, some aides to Mr. Moon had called for the reopening as part of Mr. Moon's program of fostering dialogue and exchanges with North Korea.

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Moon Jae-in, who became South Korean president in May, campaigned on a pledge to promote dialogue with North Korea. North Korea did attend the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea after boycotting the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

Moon's office has been attempting to limit the stand-off between allies following the Reuters interview, saying his government is not fundamentally opposed to THAAD, but is merely trying to follow procedures.

The tensions between North Korea and the USA show no signs of calming down and Trump has condemned the country several times for their military displays.

Ultimately the final decision on the matter will come from the IOC.

IOC President Thomas Bach is scheduled to visit Muju on Friday, and to hold talks with Moon in Seoul the following Monday.

"President Moon said that in the upcoming summit, he shall not cling to the outcome of individual agendas but rather focus on building up friendship and trust with President Donald Trump", said Cheong Wa Dae spokesperson Park Soo-hyun in a briefing.

But Moon has repeatedly denied such claims, especially during his recent set of interviews with the USA media, stressing that he was not seeking for a fundamental chance in the deployment plan. Moon will declare the Games open next February.