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North Korea to send another Olympic prep team to South Korea

North Korea to send another Olympic prep team to South Korea

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SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 21 (UPI) --North Korea plans to send another Olympic prep team to the South this week to make arrangements for hundreds of North Korean athletes, cheerleaders and reporters attending the Pyeongchang Winter Games next month.Seoul's Unification Ministry said Sunday that the North proposed a three-day visit of an eight-member advance team led by senior sports official Yun Yong-bok.Arriving on Thursday, the team would examine various venues including accommodation sites, the opening and closing ceremony stadium as well the sporting arenas, according to the plan.Seoul said it would review the proposal before responding to the North.This comes after North Korean officials tasked with arranging cultural concerts traveled to the South on Sunday, crossing the border to the ...
North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

North Korea will send Olympic team to South as countries hold high-level talks

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Officials from North Korea accepted South Korea's offer and will send athletes to next month's Winter Olympics as the two sides began long-anticipated talks on Tuesday. North Korea agreed to send athletes, officials and reporters to the games, as well as its cheerleading group and taekwondo demonstration athletes. South Korea proposed the two countries march together in the Opening Ceremonies, a point which will be further debated Tuesday afternoon. In their opening statement, South Korea mentioned further denuclearization talks between the two countries, but the point was not acknowledged by North Korean officials in early discussions. "In addition, we proposed resuming temporary reunions of families separated by war and holding inter-Korean Red Cross talks to discuss this," Chun Hae-s...
US flies bombers off North Korean coast to send message on 'military options'

US flies bombers off North Korean coast to send message on 'military options'

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The U.S. flew bombers and fighter jets along the North Korean coast Saturday to send a message about the "military options" open to America in dealing with Kim Jong Un's regime, the Pentagon said. U.S. B-1B Lancer bombers from Guam and F-15 fighter jets from Okinawa, Japan, joined in the exercise which was in international airspace to the east of North Korea. "This is the farthest north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) any U.S. fighter or bomber aircraft have flown off North Korea's coast in the 21st century, underscoring the seriousness with which we take DPRK's reckless behavior," Chief Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said in a statement, using the acronym for North Korea's official name, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea.. The show of strength comes days after President Dona...
Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

Qatar row: Arab states send list of steep demands

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Four Arab states have sent Qatar a list of 13 demands it must meet if it wants them to lift their sanctions.Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain are asking the Gulf state to shut down its broadcaster, Al Jazeera.They are also asking Qatar to reduce ties with Iran and close a Turkish military base - all within 10 days.Qatar, which sought to raise its profile in recent years, denies funding terrorism and fostering instability. It has been subjected to more than two weeks of unprecedented diplomatic and economic sanctions, in the worst political crisis among Gulf countries in decades. Qatar crisis deepens as Gulf allies dig inWhy Qatar is the focus of terrorism claimsFive surprising facts about QatarThere was no immediate response from Qatar but Foreign Minister Sheikh Mo...