North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for Olympics
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The 10 athletes are to compete in alpine and cross country skiing, canada goose outlet in usa figure skating and short track speed skating events in the Olympics.
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South Korea sees the Olympics as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea after a period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over the North’s nuclear and missile programs.
“It feels amazing (that they are coming),” said Choi So Eun, a college student canada goose who volunteered for translation and other work during the Olympics, after taking a selfie with a fellow volunteer under a North Korean flag at the Gangneung Canada Goose Online athletes’ village.
“I thought only high level officials in South Korea could see a North Korean in person, but I think I can see them here so I’m excited,” Choi said.
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“More than anything, it’s meaningful that the joint training canada goose outlet session at the Masik ski resort was held in the way the South and North had agreed to,” said Lee Joo tae, an official from Seoul’s Unification Ministry who accompanied the South Korean delegation. “It’s also meaningful that we were able to come back with North Korean athletes on the same plane.”
Next week, North Korea is to send a 230 member cheering group, a canada goose outlet new york city 140 strong art troupe, taekwondo demonstrators and journalists as part of its Olympic canada goose outlet store uk delegation. The last time North Korea canada goose jacket outlet sent a big delegation to South Korea was for the 2014 Asian Games in cheap canada goose Incheon, just west of Seoul.
Pyeongchang, a relatively small ski resort canada goose uk outlet town, will host the ski, snowboard and sliding events during the Olympics. Gangneung, a larger coastal city about an hour’s drive away, will host the skating, hockey and curling events.