Door 'Still Open' for N.Korea Joining Pyeongchang Olympics

      July 25, 2017 12:53

      President Moon Jae-in on Monday renewed an invitation for North Korea to take part in the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, Gangwon Province.

      Moon said the South will keep the doors open "until the very last minute."

      "I again urge North Korea to decide," he said. "We will not rush it or be pessimistic but keep the doors open until the very last moment."

      Moon invited the North at the opening ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, North Jeolla Province last month. He reiterated the offer during the G20 Summit earlier this month. North Korea has yet to respond.

      President Moon Jae-in (center) takes a selfie with comedian Jung Chan-woo (left) and former figure skater Kim Yu-na at an event to rally nationwide support for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics on Monday. /Yonhap

      Speaking at an event to muster nationwide support for the Olympics on Monday, just 200 days before they open, Moon said, "We've opened the door wide... and now all that is left is North Korea's decision."

      Moon said he hopes the Olympics will "heal the people" who have suffered hard times in recent months because of unrest over the massive corruption scandal that brought down ex-President Park Geun-hye.

      "Especially Gangwon residents were concerned that the scandal would deal a blow to the Olympics. By successfully hosting the quadrennial sporting event, we will be able to heal the people and renew their pride and hope in Korea," he added.

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