Pyeongchang 2018: North & South Korea could collaborate over Winter Olympics

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"I hope that many people come to the Games and cheer the players on".

His appointment is aimed at drumming up public support for PyeongChang Olympics, which will be held from February 8-25, 2018 in PyeongChang in Gangwon Province, South Korea.

Despite hostile relations on the peninsula, South and North Korea do have a strong sporting history, particularly with regard to football.

Pyeongchang 2018 will discuss plans for North Korea to stage competition during next year's Winter Olympic Games following a suggestion from the Government. The complex, opened in 2014, offers 70 miles of slopes on a 4,000-foot mountain.

Do also proposed that the two countries form a women's ice hockey team to participate in the games.

"Hopefully we'll be able to ease lingering tensions as we try to bring North Korea on board", he added.

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North Korean officials have reportedly declared the country's intent to take part in the Olympics after they boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in South Korea's capital Seoul.

The overture is part of a broader effort by South Korean President Moon Jae-in to engage with Pyongyang, particularly through sports. In April, South Korea's women's soccer team traveled to Pyongyang for an Asian Cup qualifier.

South and nuclear-armed North Korea are separated by one of the world's most heavily armed borders, and remain technically at war.

Billboard reports that the Kpop star joins several Korean athletes and celebrities who will promote next year's winter games.

Moon has also pushed for both Koreas to host the 2030 World Cup, saying "if the neighbouring countries in north-east Asia, including North and South Korea, can host the World Cup together, it would help to create peace".

Tensions have risen in recent months with the United States and North Korea trading threats as the latter nation's leader Kim Jong-un launched new missile tests despite repeated warnings to stop. "I believe that his status as an fantastic artist will help him promote the Pyeongchang Olympics globally". US officials arranged for his release last week, but Warmbier arrived home in OH in a coma-like state with severe brain damage.

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