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News, information and stories about the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games and the Olympics in general.

Monday, January 22, 2018

The True Olympic Spirit!


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Hyon Song-wol - Doesn't She Look Well?

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Military Build Up Continues According To This Thread


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Friday, January 19, 2018

The Logistics of The North/South Olympics


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South Korea Not As Stupid As The USA Would Have Us Believe


There are two glaring ironies within this current lull in inter Korean hostilities:

1 North Korea has effectively stolen the Olympics show from the South.

2 The USA and its various media/social network/"expert" mouthpieces are pushing the narrative that peace is dangerous for the ROK/USA alliance.

Funny old world isn't it?

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

The Flag of Unity or Flag of Disunity?


Not everyone is delighted at the choice of flag!

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North Korea Steals The Show!



Quite a few "deliverables" have been announced by North and South Korea wrt the forthcoming winter Olympics:

- North and South will march under a unified Korean flag at next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony

- They will form a single South-North women’s ice hockey team (subject to howls of protest from ROK residents)

- North Korea will send a 230-member cheering squad to attend the games.

- A Taekwondo demonstration team will travel to the South on the 7th.

- The North and South will carry out joint training of the South and North Korean skiers at Masikryong ski resort built by Kim in 2013 in the North.

- The North will send a 150-member delegation to PyeongChang Winter Paralympics in March.

It has taken South Korea (ROK) ten years of hard work and planning to bring the Games to fruition, and North Korea only a matter of days to steal the whole show! 

Kim is currently punching way above his weight (and he isn't exactly skinny) wrt the Olympics and the stand off with the USA; let us trust and assume that hubris does not lead to a fatal error that will cost the lives of millions!


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Not So Unified!


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Wednesday, January 17, 2018

North Korea To Celebrate The "Peace" Olympics With Military Parade

I would normally say "how ironic". However, North Korea doesn't do "irony"!

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North Korea's Diversion Tactic

The diversion has been effectively kyboshed by Tillerson, who says there will be no "freeze for freeze" scenario whereby the USA suspends its military exercises beyond the Olympics.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

North and South Korea To March Under Unification Flag?


The media claim that North and South Korea might march into the Olympics stadium under the unification flag.

Let us see if the North really does turn up!

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Monday, January 15, 2018

North Korea Playing Silly Buggers As Usual


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Friday, January 12, 2018

ROK Sets Out Its Terms For The North's Participation


NKNews.org reports that a letter addressed to North Korean representative Ri Son Gwon on Friday, South Korea’s Ministry of Unification (MoU) proposed a high level meeting on January 15 to discuss the DPRK’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games, according to the MoU spokesperson’s office.


The R.O.K. Government proposed to hold working-level talks through the Panmunjeom communications channel today (1.12) under the name of Unification Minister Cho Myoung Gyon, chief delegate of the inter-Korean high-level talks, addressed to North Korea’s chief delegate,” an email from the spokesperson’s office read.

In the letter, the R.O.K. Government proposed to meet at Panmunjeom (Peace House) on January 15, 10 A.M.,” it added.

A delegation of three officials from Seoul would be present, with the chief delegate being Unification Vice Minister Chun Hae-sung.

The South also delivered a document presenting its position regarding the North’s participation in the PyeongChang Olympics and matters on cultural events,” the email added.

Now the horse-trading begins!

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And So It Begins..North Korea Adds To Its Demands


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Thursday, January 11, 2018

North Korean Delegation To Be 400-500


Yonhap reports that North Korea is expected to send a delegation of between 400-500 people to South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

May I ask who will be paying for them, and will that payment breach sanctions?

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Reality Check!



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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Pence To Go To The Olympics

No use of the word "ironclad" yet!

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The Triumph of The Will?


Not everyone believes that that the recent/sudden thaw in relations between North Korea and ROK is as genuine as it may appear.

It is true to say that certain people, such as Bolton, will always be naysayers wrt attempts to make peace. However, it is worth remembering that the 1936 Berlin Olympics were used by the Nazis to show themselves to be a country of "peace" and to further propagandise the myth of the "Triumph of The Will".

Whilst North Korea is not hosting the Games, it will do its best to ride the coattails of ROK wrt the positive publicity the Games will engender. ROK should be on its guard and maximise the opportunity (if North Korea really does attend) to show the North the benefits of democracy, a high standard of living and geopolitical/economic interaction with the world.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Peace In Our Time?

 
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Joint March Possible


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Guess Who's Coming To The PyeongChang Winter Olympics?


Following the hastily arranged and much hyped meeting today between ROK and North Korea, it has been agreed that North Korea will attend the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang (9 February - 25 February 2018) and that they will march in with the ROK team.

As to whether this actually comes to fruition, we shall see.

There are ample opportunities for things to blow this off course eg:

- North Korea performs one of its usual provocations
- The USA decides not to postpone its military exercises
- The USA boycotts the Games
- The USA enacts a pre emptive strike
- People start asking too many questions about who is paying for the North Korean delegation (they never pay their way).


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