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Interactions between two Koreas as they prepare for 2018 Pyeongchang Olympics Updated: 2018-01-26 12:21:10 KST

And to tell us more about this. Dr. Go Myong-hyun , a research fellow at the Asan Institute for Policy Studies joins us in the studio today.
Welcome to the program.

Thanks for having me.

1- Twelve North Korean ice hockey players crossed the border yesterday. to start training for the Winter Olympics along with the eight-member delegation that's here to inspect stadiums, accommodation and press facilities.
What's the remaining schedule looking like for the two Koreas up until the Olympics?

2- Now, the eight-member delegation from North Korea is led by Yun Yong-bok a senior-level sports ministry official who's been here in South Korea several times before?

3- What's interesting though is that there was a media frenzy here in the South. when the North Korean delegation led by Hyon Song-wol visited last weekend, but when the South Korean delegation visited the North from Tuesday through Thursday. it got minimal media coverage from Pyongyang.
What can we make of this?

4- There has also been criticism. that the South Korean government went overboard in greeting the North Korean delegation.
So then how should the South Korean government treat North Korean delegations visiting the South from here on out?

5- And much attention is still on which high-level officials will be making their way to the South during the Olympics.
Who are we expecting. and why is this important for the South in regards to which officials may be coming?

6- Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said,. that he plans to attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics next month and meet with President Moon Jae-in to discuss the issue of Japan's sexual enslavement of Korean women during World War II.
What could be the biggest reason behind Abe's decision to visit Korea?

7- Could Abe's visit perhaps increase tensions between the two countries during the Olympics?

8- The U.S. meanwhile announced new sanctions on Wednesday. aimed at stopping North Korea's nuclear weapons program.
Tell us more about the latest sanctions, in detail. and what can we make of them?

9- So this came as the Olympics is quickly approaching. and we're wondering how North Korea might respond to U.S. actions as it has been busy preparing to take part in the Winter Games?

10- President Moon is hoping that the improvement in inter-Korea relations will lead to dialogue between the U.S. and North Korea to help denuclearize the Korean Peninsula.
So what are the chances of us seeing dialogue between Washington and Pyongyang during the Olympics?

Thank you for your insight today.

You're welcome.
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