24 Jun '17, 3pm

South Korea president invites North Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

SEOUL: South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday (Jun 24) invited North Korea to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports could serve as a peace maker. The South and nuclear-armed North Korea are separated by one of the world's most heavily armed borders and remain technically at war after the 1950-53 Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty. But the centre-left Moon is known to favour engagement with the North to bring it to the negotiating table in a break from his conservative predecessors who took a hardline stance. "I believe in the strength of sports that has been brokering peace," Moon said. "If a North Korean delegation takes part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, I believe it will greatly contribute to realizing the Olympic values of friendship and peace," he said, according to a script of his remarks released by the presidential Bl...

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