Long range missile tests, miles worth of human rights violations, and a dictator who’s been accused of killing family members in order to consolidate power– North Korea doesn’t really embody the olympic mission “to contribute to building a peaceful and better world.”
According to the International Business Times, South Korea’s liberal leaning president, Moon Jae-in recently proposed sharing some skiing events with the oppressive regime otherwise known as the DPRK. The peace-keeping gesture comes at an odd time in international affairs, with the recent death of the imprisoned American student, Otto Warmbier.
Warmbier was imprisoned in 2016 for allegedly stealing a propaganda poster from his hotel lobby. He would later fall into a coma during his imprisonment and ultimately died this past Monday on American soil after a medical extraction from North Korea.
In addition to the extreme treatment of thousands of prisoners just like Warmbier, North Korea has recently strained tensions with NATO partners after executing a series of long range missile tests. Secretary of state, Rex Tillerson even went so far as to say, “in light of recent actions, normal relations with the DPRK are simply not acceptable.”
Still the South Korean sports minister, Do Jong-hwan says that he hopes to speak to a DPRK representative about the possibility of hosting events at Masikryong Ski Resort. North Korean officials have previously claimed the resort is up to FIS and Olympic standards for some winter-sports events.
Find the entire International Business Times article here: North Korea should host skiing events at the Winter Olympics says South Korea