Winter Olympics 2018: 110,00 condoms supplied for Pyeongchang games

Elias Hubbard
February 6, 2018

Tensions spiralled a year ago as North Korea carried out multiple weapon tests, including intercontinental ballistic missiles which it says are capable of reaching the mainland U.S., as well as its most powerful nuclear blast to date.

Another unnamed source told Axios North Korea "wants to make this about cute photo ops".

The two Koreas have also agreed to march under a unified flag during the opening ceremony later this week, as well as confirming plans to form a joint women's hockey team at the upcoming Winter Olympics south of the border.

Instead it is retained by Kim Jong-Un's grandfather, the North's founder Kim Il-Sung, who remains Eternal President of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea - the country's official name - despite dying in 1994.

U.S. President Donald Trump has said he hopes "something good" can come from North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Games, but his advisers see North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's embrace of the Games as a facade of worldwide goodwill and cooperation.

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South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the atmosphere on the peninsula had brightened significantly thanks to the approaching Olympic festival of sport.

"And that is that North Korea must once and for all abandon its nuclear weapons program and ballistic missile ambitions, and it must accede to the wishes not only of nations across the region and the United States, but nations across the world, to really abandon those ambitions and enter the family of nations".

Moon, for his part, has handled Kim's "peace offensive" well.

The North's decision to participate has led to a thaw in relations between the North and South - leading some to dub this year's Olympics the "Peace Games".

North Korea is to send its nominal head of state to South Korea this week as the rivals push through with rare rapprochement steps ahead of this month's Winter Olympics in the South.

The Games opening ceremony will also be attended by US Vice-President Mike Pence, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, and other world leaders. On the contrary, his gambit was in keeping with the North's longstanding policy of trying to weaken the US-South Korean alliance.

The year it was built was Kim Il-sung's 80th birthday, and the money came from ethnic North Koreans in Japan. South Korea will allow a North Korean ship to dock in South Korea during the Games.

Mr Kim, 90, has been frequently seen on state TV making propaganda-filled speeches on key state anniversaries or receiving visiting foreign dignitaries on behalf of leader Kim Jong Un and his late dictator father Kim Jong Il.

"The vice president most certainly is not seeking a meeting with the North Koreans", a White House official said.

"This is the intolerable, politically motivated provocation and tyrannical blackmail.", it said in a commentary.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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