Will a unified Korean Olympic team help ease tensions between the two nations, and possibly others? Learn what it took to make it happen with CLP’s current event.
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TOPIC: NORTH & SOUTH KOREA and THE WINTER OLYMPICS
U.S hails Olympic security plan; opposes North Korea military parade, by David Alexander, Reuters, January 31, 2018
“The U.S. State Department voiced displeasure on Wednesday over North Korean plans to stage a military parade on the eve of the Winter Olympics but assured Americans going to the games that South Korea’s security plan considered all contingencies.”
CLP: Examines safety concerns and what officials are watching for
North Korea Pulls Out of a Cultural Event With South Korea Ahead of the Winter Olympics by Hyung-Jin Kim, Time, January 30, 2018
“North Korea has cancelled one of the key joint cooperation projects with South Korea planned for next month’s Winter Olympics, officials said, further proving the delicate nature of ties between the rivals split for seven decades.”
Winter Olympics: IOC approves unified Korean team in opening ceremony, women’s hockey, by Rachel Axon, Time, January 20, 2018
“’The Olympic Games are always about building bridges,” Bach said. “They never erect walls. The Olympic spirit is about respect, dialogue and understanding. The Olympic Winter Games Pyeongchang 2018 are hopefully opening the door to a brighter future on the Korean peninsula, and inviting the world to join in a celebration of hope.’”
CLP: Reminder that the Olympics have a goal of bringing people together peacefully.
- What is the history of the conflict between North and South Korea?
- What is the Winter Olympics 2018? What is the symbolic meaning of the Olympics?
- Does the location in Pyeongchang South Korea pose unique opportunities? Unique risks?
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