South Korean president calls for North Korean Olympic participation

"As North Korea says its Masikryong ski resort is top class, I will look into ways (to hold some of the ski events there) through discussion with Jang Woong, North Korea's delegate to the International Olympic Committee", Do said during a visit to Pyeongchang on Tuesday, according to the JoongAng Ilbo.

A number of ski travel companies including Ski Safari offer ski holidays to South Korean Olympic destination resorts but have said they can't offer holidays during the Olympic period.

North and South could also form a joint women's ice hockey team, and the traditional Olympic torch relay could run through Pyongyang or Kaesong, he suggested.

The Paralympic Games take place March 9 to March 18.

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One idea was for North Korea to host some skiing competitions at the Games.

Pyongyang said it wouldn't allow the visit due to new United Nations sanctions against it that South Korea supported.

The suggestion that North Korea could play a part in the organisation of such a global event has created a buzz in the media, with tensions around the democratic state running high following the recent death of an American student after being released from a North Korean prison.

"What (North Korea) demands is that the north and the south open a new phase of national reconciliation and unity, recognizing each other as partner of reunification and joining their hands", the paper said.

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Despite hostile relations on the peninsula, South and North Korea do have a strong sporting history, particularly with regard to football. In April, South Korea's women's soccer team traveled to Pyongyang for an Asian Cup qualifier.

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.

Taeyang said he's going to compose a promotional song on the Olympics.

"We are now reviewing all the ideas put forth by the government and we look forward to discussing this with the International Olympic Committee during their next visit", said Nancy Park, a Pyeongchang 2018 spokesperson.

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