World South Korea to pay for North at Olympics

16:06  14 february  2018
16:06  14 february  2018 Source:   bbc.com

US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea

  US won't rule out Olympics talks with North Korea Vice President Mike Pence or other US officials might meet with North Koreans at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next week, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said Monday. Washington has previously said it won't seek to initiate contact with North Koreans attending the South Korean games, but it does want talks with Kim Jong-Un in an effort to get him to abandon his nuclear program.Asked during a visit to Peru whether Pence might accept an invitation to meet the North Korea delegation, Tillerson – who is pushing for a diplomatic solution to the crisis – would not rule it out.

South Korea is footing the bill for hundreds of members of North Korea ’s delegation to the Winter Olympics . The South and North Exchange Cooperation Promotion Council agreed on Wednesday to use .64 million in South Korean government funds to pay for the North ’s expenses while in

South Korea is footing the bill for hundreds of members of North Korea ’s delegation to the Winter Olympics . The South and North Exchange Cooperation Promotion Council agreed on Wednesday to use .64 million in South Korean government funds to pay for the North ’s expenses while in

North Korean cheerleaders have been the centre of attraction at the Pyeongchang Olympics: North Korean cheerleaders have been the center of attraction at the Pyeongchang Olympics. © Getty Images North Korean cheerleaders have been the center of attraction at the Pyeongchang Olympics. South Korea has approved a plan to pay the cost of hosting North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics.

The 2.86bn Korean won ($2.64 million) will come from the South's unification ministry budget.

A group of more than 400 North Korean supporters and performers have traveled to Pyeongchang, South Korea, for the Games. Their visit was controversial with some South Koreans who questioned the North's commitment to reconciliation.

North Korea's attendance at the Winter Olympics came as a surprise development after a year of increasing tensions between Pyongyang and the international community over its nuclear ambitions and repeated missile tests.

Pence says 'no daylight' between allies on North Korea

  Pence says 'no daylight' between allies on North Korea Vice President Mike Pence told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that there is "no daylight" between the United States, South Korea and Japan in their stances on North Korea after a trip to the 2018 Winter Olympics that saw him and South Korean President Moon Jae-in take different positions on the presence of a North Korean delegation. Load Error "There is no daylight between the United States, the Republic of Korea, and Japan on the need to continue to isolate North Korea economically and diplomatically until they abandon their nuclear ballistic missile program," Pence said, adding that he was "encouraged" by his talks with the

South Korea approved .64 million from the government to foot the bill for North Korea ’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Wednesday, according to the Unification Ministry. The South and North Exchange and Cooperation Promotion Council approved the funds that will cover costs

South Korea has proposed paying for North Korea ’s participation in the Winter Olympics . A meeting Wednesday will address whether South Korea will cover North Korea ’s .7 million estimated expenses.

The South Korean government invited the North to join the Games saying it was a chance at dialogue and rolling back tensions. But some South Koreans have staged protests warning it would merely give the North a platform for propaganda.

The decision to integrate North Koreans into the South's women's ice hockey team was particularly controversial as it meant that some of the South's athletes would get less of a chance to play.

The government funds will pay mainly for accommodation and food for Pyongyang's cheer squad, an orchestra sent to perform on the sidelines of the Games as well as a group of taekwondo performers and supporting personnel.

Editor's Choice: 10 February 2018: North Korea's cheer squad wave the unification flag as Korea plays Switzerland in women's hockey. North Korea's Olympic cheer squad

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According to the Reuters news agency, the majority of the visiting North Koreans stayed at luxury hotels in Seoul and near the Olympic venues in Pyeongchang.

Mattis: North Korea isn't driving a wedge between US and South Korea

  Mattis: North Korea isn't driving a wedge between US and South Korea Defense Secretary James Mattis on Sunday quashed concerns that a recent rapprochement between North and South Korea was driving a wedge between the U.S. and its ally Seoul. "I know that people are watching for a wedge between South Korea, Republic of Korea, in other words, and the United States. There's no wedge there," Mattis told reporters aboard a plane flying into Rome.

North Korea announced on Tuesday that it would be sending an Olympic delegation to the upcoming Pyeongchang Olympics . In previous years, South Korea often paid for the North 's delegations to attend competitions in its country, according to The Guardian.

South Korea is footing the bill for hundreds of members of North Korea ’s delegation to the Winter Olympics . The South and North Exchange Cooperation Promotion Council agreed on Wednesday to use .64 million in South Korean government funds to pay for the North ’s expenses while in

The cost of hosting 22 North Korean athletes will be paid by the International Olympic Committee while the cost for the North's high-level political delegation visiting the South will be paid separately from the government budget, said unification ministry spokesperson Baik Tae-hyun, Reuters reports.

On Wednesday, South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon described the North's participation in the Games as a milestone that opened up the door to build peace on the Korean Peninsula, according to South Korea's Yonhap news agency.

He added that Seoul was keeping in mind the U.N. sanctions against the North designed to prevent any foreign support of its weapons program, according to Yonhap.

South Korea also paid the expenses when more than 600 North Koreans visited the South during the 2002 Asian Games in Busan.

North Korea to send high-level delegation to Olympics closing ceremony .
North Korea is sending a high-level delegation to South Korea for the Winter Olympics closing ceremony this Sunday, South Korean officials have confirmed. Kim Yong Chol, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee, will lead the delegation that's due to arrive by rail hours before the ceremony starts, according to a statement Thursday from the South's Ministry of Unification.Kim, will be joined by Ri Son Gwon, chairman of the "Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the country" and six support staff.

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