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North Korea wants to Reunify with its South Counterpart: Trump takes credit

North Korea wants to Reunify with its South Counterpart: Trump takes credit

The players will travel to a training centre to meet their 23 South Korean teammates and were expected to start practising together later on Thursday.

A six-minute welcome ceremony was held in Jincheon to mark the arrival of the North Korean ice hockey delegation.

North Korea made a rare call to all Koreans, both at home and overseas, to push for #Unification with South Korea.

A dozen North Korean ice hockey players crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea ahead of the games next month. At North-South talks that followed, the two sides reached agreement on the joint team, as well as the reinstatement of a hotline between the two sides and other dialogue aimed at easing tensions. Three North Korean athletes will compete in the cross-country skiing. Many fear that an all-out war could break out in the region as the North and the United States have on a number of occasions threatened each other with nuclear attacks.

Kim Jong Un's trigger-happy antics have almost depleted a critical slush fund the North Korean despot uses to run his isolated country - and the Hermit Kingdom's participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics is merely a scheme to refill his coffers, according to a report.

North Korea hasn't tested weapons in well over a month - something that could be chalked up, at least partially, to a USA suspension of military exercises with South Korea until the games end in late February.

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They have derided the event as the "Pyongyang Olympics" - a reference to the capital of North Korea - and have blamed the Government for politicising the Games.

The resort is reportedly considered a pet project of North Korean leader Jong Un Kim, and built with materials that were banned from being imported to North Korea by United Nations sanctions.

This will be the first time that the two Koreas field a joint team at a multi-sport competition.

The Treasury Department also designated five individuals it said were linked to North Korean financial networks, and pointedly highlighted that several of them held accounts at Chinese banks.

It remains unlikely, however, as the International Olympic Committee have already reached an agreement on North Korean participation at the Games.

In fact, athletes from nations will march together under one flag at the February 9 opening ceremony in Pyeongchang, South Korea. On January 17th, 2018, the decision became a reality as North and South Korea agreed to march under one flag.


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