Yet as the North Korean squad arrived in South Korea, several dozen protesters began chanting anti-North Korean slogans and even held up a sign calling for the beheading of North Korea's dictator Kim Jong-un. (The Korean peninsula serves as a buffer state). Pyeongchang will also be the third Asian city to host the Winter Games after Japanese cities Sapporo in 1972 and Nagano in 1998. "The North said it would focus on traditional music", the official said.
It would be devastating for the world economy.
Both the UN and Washington blacklisted a North Korean oil tanker for apparently receiving fuel products directly from another tanker, with Chinese nationals tied to weapon smuggling and North Korean sanctions evasion was also linked to the practice. Over the past decades, inconsistent approaches have given Pyongyang room to drive wedges.
South Korea's recently elevated President Moon Jae-in has championed closer relations with North Korea and has called the games an "epoch-making opportunity to improve inter-Korean relations and establish peace".
South Korea has hinted for the first time since the start of a standoff with the North over Pyongyang's nuclear program last year that a military solution would be no answer to the crisis and that differences should be settled diplomatically.
Abe has insisted the agreement resolves the issue "finally and irreversibly" and should stand as it is.
IOC President Tomas Bach, South Korean Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-hwan, and Chmn. To begin with, it is not communist.
Since the division of the peninsula the two Koreas have only competed as unified teams in 1991, when their women won the team gold at the world table tennis championship in Japan, and their under-19 footballers reached the world championship quarter-finals in Portugal. However, this will not be the first time the divided countries competed together, a prime example being their unified women's table tennis team winning the world championship in 1991 against a powerful Chinese duo.
After going through South Korean checkpoints at the border, the team traveled to a national training centre in Jincheon, 90 km (56 miles) south of Seoul.
Evidently, that did not happen. The war ended in 1953 when the Korean Armistice Agreement was signed, but relations between the two nations have been uneasy since. A major show of military power could create anger in South Korea, which is hoping the games will be a symbol of peace and stability.
According to a treaty article, "the two parties undertake to jointly adopt all measures to prevent aggression". Kim Il-guk of North Korean Olympic Committee hold a certificate of a deal on North Korea's participation in the the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games and Paralympic Games in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Jan. 20.
The Korean players later shouted "We are one!" and took a group photo.
Last year, North Korea conducted dozens of missile launches and its sixth and largest nuclear test, in defiance of U.N. Security Council resolutions, as it raced towards its goal of developing a nuclear-armed missile capable of reaching the United States.
Whether or not this leads to dissolving tensions is beside the point.
It has been approximately six months since China started to implement sanctions in a serious manner in concert with the international community.