Joint Korean hockey team plays for first time

Joint Korean hockey team plays for first time

The Socialist Workers Party says working people in the US and around the world should demand that Washington permanently end its military maneuvers and withdraw its troops from Korea, lift all sanctions against the North, and immediately get rid of all USA nuclear weapons.

While athletes will compete for their respective countries, there will be a unified Korean team at the Olympics for the first time as players from both North and South Korea make up a team in women's ice hockey.

The joint North and South Korean women's ice hockey team competed together for the first time Sunday in a friendly match against Sweden, under a controversial Olympics unity deal. Trump has repeatedly threatened North Korea with military action, using phrases such as "fire and fury", while Pyongyang threatened to strike US military bases in Guam and claimed that its rockets can reach anywhere within the entire USA mainland.

Greg Scalatoiu, Executive Director of the Committee for Human Rights in North Korea, thinks it's unlikely North Korea would attack the Olympics.

North Korea criticized Pence's pending visit to the Olympics and accused Washington of halting improvements in inter-Korean relations. "It's also meaningful that we were able to come back with North Korean athletes on the same plane".

'The North Koreans have been master manipulators in the past.

Close												Victor Cha attends the Mount Fuji Dialogue in Tokyo in October 2017
Close Victor Cha attends the Mount Fuji Dialogue in Tokyo in October 2017

On Saturday, North Korea described the South Korean calls to cancel the military parade a ploy by "wicked, narrow-minded and tricky" politicians who engage with "pro-U.S. flunkeyism".

Ri charged in the letter that the USA military is "intentionally" aggravating the situation in and around the Korean peninsula by deploying military reinforcements, including aircraft carrier strike groups, created to make a "pre-emptive strike" on North Korea at a time when the two Koreas "are charting a course of peace together".

Earlier, North Korea agreed to send a 150-member delegation of athletes, cheerleaders, an art troupe and reporters to the Pyeongchang Winter Paralympics during the inter-Korean talks.

Kim Yong-nam is the head of the parliament in the North and will be the highest-level official to visit South Korea in four years.

The president is expected to meet with eight defectors in the Oval Office, The Washington Post reported.

"They are in dialogue, at least as it concerns the Olympics, and that's a good thing, not a bad thing", Trump said. He suggested that the recent communication between North and South Korea was a positive development.

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