N.Korean Media Fudges Cross-Border Olympic Deal

  • By Kim Myong-song

    January 19, 2018 09:31

    North Korean media on Thursday broadcast only part of a joint press release issued after the latest cross-border talks about the North's participation in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

    The two Korea met at the truce village of Panmunjom on Wednesday and agreed to hold a celebration in the North's Mt. Kumkang resort on the eve of the Olympics and have skiers from both sides train in Masikryong Ski Resort. But those were the only points the North Korean state media focused on.

    They omitted key points like the two Koreas' Olympic teams marching together in the opening and closing ceremonies and the formation of a joint women's ice-hockey team. That suggests the regime's interest is less in the Olympics than in touting the ski resort and resuming lucrative package tours to Mt. Kumgang.

    The official [North] Korean Central News Agency did not even mention the South Korean host city of the Olympics.

    There was no mention of the skewed composition of the North Korean delegation, which consists of a handful of athletes but a vast army of cheerleaders, let alone how and when they will travel to the South.

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