Sports Minister: Seoul Mulls Co-Hosting 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics With N Korea

BIGBANG's Taeyang holds up a card showing him as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics alongside Lee Hee-beom head of PyeongChang's organizing committee at a ceremony in Seoul

BIGBANG's Taeyang holds up a card showing him as an honorary ambassador for the 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Olympics alongside Lee Hee-beom head of PyeongChang's organizing committee at a ceremony in Seoul

During his stay in the South, Chang is expected to meet South Korean officials to discuss cooperation at the Winter Olympics.

His overture reflects a desire by South Korea's new president, Moon Jae-in, for cautious engagement with Pyongyang, despite anger over the its recent missile launches and the death this week of the United States university student Otto Warmbier after almost 17 months in a North Korean prison.

"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 Mr Jang, as he arrived in South Korea for a taekwondo conference.

South Korea has suggested that North Korea co-host some ski events for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

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Pyeongchang 2018 will discuss plans for North Korea to stage competition during next year's Winter Olympic Games following a suggestion from the Government.

A lift at North Korea's Masikryong Ski Resort.

"That is not something the two sides can decide", said Mr Jang told reporters, when he was asked about North Korea potentially hosting Olympic events.

A liberal candidate from the Democratic Party, Moon has pledged greater dialogue with North Korea in a bid to reduce tensions.

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South and North Korea are still formally at war, as no peace treaty was ever signed after the Korean War of 1950-1953.

Earlier this month, Pyongyang rejected an offer by a South Korean civic group to provide anti-malaria supplies, the first cross border exchange approved by Seoul since January 2016.

A report by the Washington Post on Wednesday revealed that South Korea, host of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, could ask its controversial neighbors North Korea to help co-host the famed sporting event come February.

Choi said that while he expected "some resistance" from Pyongyang, "the Olympics is a very good opportunity so we can not let this once in a generation moment slip by". "Whether Pyongyang is capable of being engaged is a question that can only be answered by trying".

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