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North Korea is promulgation a outrageous commission to the Winter Olympics — but getting them there will be tricky

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Koreans perform on theatre during the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter
Olympic Games flame send on Nov 4, 2017 in Busan, South

Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

  • North Korea announced on Tuesday that it would be
    promulgation an Olympic commission to the arriving Pyeongchang
  • The logistics of bringing over a North Korean
    commission to the South are difficult as the two countries
    are technically still at war.
  • Questions of how North Korea will enter the South,
    where its commission will stay, and ensuring its citizens’
    reserve have all been raised.

North and South Korea done outrageous strides on Tuesday during an

central assembly between the two countries, the first in more
than two years.

One major breakthrough was the proclamation that North Korea will
attend in the arriving Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. North
Korea will send athletes, an art troupe, entertaining squad,
Taekwondo proof group and a press corps.

North Korean figure-skating twin Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik

competent for the Olympics in September, however the
country’s Olympic Committee unsuccessful to register them by the
Oct deadline. The International Olympic Committee
announced on Monday it would extend North Korea’s deadline so
its commission could compete.

But the logistics of bringing over a North Korean commission to
the South sojourn complicated.

Some North Koreans may arrive by road, but others by ship

cruise ship nk
North Korean packet carrying 368 North Korean supporters journey into
the pier of Dadaepo Sep 28, 2002 in Busan, South

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

Physically getting the North Korean commission to the Olympic
Games is a jump in itself.

Lee Hee-beom, boss of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee,
suggested North Korean athletes would enter the South by crossing
the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).

If they did so, it would be the first time North Korean athletes
arrived at an central sporting eventuality in South Korea by land.

But the offer has not been extended to the non-athlete delegation

“South Korea will acquire North Korea and when they confirm to
come the South Korean supervision will concede them to come by road
and when they have ancillary teams the Korean supervision will
concede them to come by ship,” Lee told

In 2002, when North Korea sent a 606-member commission to the
Asian Games in South Korea’s Busan, many members of the group
trafficked by journey ship.

The following year, 528 North Koreans attended the Summer
Universiade in Daegu, South Korea, and arrived by plane. Flights
for athletes to South Korea are comparatively common, and often
arrive around Beijing, according to

Delegates may walk into the track with South Korea

north korean asian games busan
Korean women call joint flags at vacating athletes at
Gimhae Airport Oct 11, 2002 in Pusan, South

Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

On Tuesday, South Korea’s Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung
told reporters that the South had floated the thought of having both
Koreas impetus into the Opening Ceremony under a one flag.
There was no evident acknowledgment of that plan.

While North and South Korea have remained at contingency given the
Korean War finished in an truce in 1953, the countries have
joined by competition — even competing together as one group for
soccer and list tennis competitions — in the past.

The Koreas marched together for the first time under a unified
dwindle in Sydney’s 2000 Olympic Games and did so again for the 2002
Asian Games held in Busan, South Korea.

However, as domestic tides shifted so did the use of
marching together. The countries last did so at the 2007 Asian
Games in China, imprinting a solidify in their tactful ties.

The North Koreans will substantially stay on house a journey ship

north korea at olympics
North Korean group parading at the opening rite of the Winter
Olympics at the Nagano Olympic Stadium, Nagano, Japan, 7th
Feb 1998.

Photo by Shaun
Botterill/Getty Images

According to
Yonhap, the journey ship that organizers offering to the North
has some 390 bedrooms and could be used to accommodate up to 1,000
people. The ship could plausibly be used as the delegation’s
lodgings during the Olympics, identical to ship accommodations made
accessible in Busan in 2002.

In prior Olympic Games, North Korean delegations have been
invited to stay in colourful Olympic villages, but
mostly keep to themselves.

During the 2008 Beijing Olympics, athletes were reportedly

not allowed out of their Olympic devalue solely for training
or events.

The South has come up with artistic camp solutions for the
North’s delegations in the past.

At the Universiade games in 2003, North Korean athletes stayed at
a internal bank’s training facility, outward of the athlete’s

It’s different who will foot the bill

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Koreans call joint flags to vacating North Korean athletes
at Gimhae Airport Oct 11, 2002 in Pusan, South

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

It’s misleading who will compensate for additional training, ride and
accommodations for Pyongyang’s delegation.

In prior years, South Korea mostly paid for the North’s
delegations to attend competitions in its country, according to

The Guardian.

But in the lead-up to the 2014 Asian Games, the South pronounced it
would follow general norms that outline attending
countries should compensate their own way. North Korean officials then
reportedly “stormed out” of a formulation meeting.

But last year, South Korea indicated the IOC would shoulder some
of the costs.

“The IOC has voiced their eagerness to support North Korea
in terms of training costs and other costs associated to
participating at the Games,” South Korean Sports Minister Do

The IOC also helped
yield training apparatus to North Korean athletes last

Experts are divided on either such supplies technically breach
UN sanctions against North Korea.

But the wish is that having a North Korean delegation
will make the Games safer

south korea confidence olympics
Korean special police attend in an anti-terror cavalcade at the
Olympic Stadium, venue of the Opening and Closing ceremony, on
Dec 12, 2017 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Chung Sung-Jun/Getty

Expert accord finds that the Olympic Games should be safer
with a North Korean commission within the South’s borders,
mitigating the risk of an attack.

Still, South Korea is bolstering its confidence measures due to
past tongue on the Korean Peninsula.

According to
Reuters, South Korea’s Defense Ministry will muster 5,000
armed guards at the Pyeongchang Games, and will also increase
cybersecurity measures to ensure against hacking from the North.

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