POSTED: February 18th 2011
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Prime Minister says 2018 Games would help ease tension with North Korea

Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik (right) with Culture and Sports Minister Choung Byoung-Gug at the reception for international media in PyeongChang / lake images
Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik (right) with Culture and Sports Minister Choung Byoung-Gug at the reception for international media in PyeongChang / lake images

KEIR RADNEDGE in PyeongChang / Sports Features Communications

PYEONGCHANG, S Korea, Feb 18: South Korea’s Prime Minister Kim Hwang-sik believes that bringing the 2018 Winter Olympics to PyeongChang would help improve delicate relations with North Korea – less than 50 miles up the nearby coast of The East Sea.

He was speaking at a reception for international media representatives before attending a dinner with the IOC evaluation commission which is winding up its four-day visit to assess the Korean bid.

He said: “When I was on my way here I was thinking about the message of the Olympic movement which holds the world together regardless of race, religion and politics.

“In Korea we believe that bringing the 2018 Games to PyeongChang would not only help promote winter sport here but improve relations on the Korean Peninsula and thus help promote peace and prosperity throughout the region.”

Prime Minister Kim also promised journalists present – including those from Britain, France, Germany, Japan and the United States - that “PyeongChang would provide an optimal working environment with the best possible IT service.”

He reiterated his insistence on the unique expansion opportunity for winter sports at his dinner with the IOC evaluation committee. The occasion was also attended by 60 Korean representatives, including ministers and business leaders.

Earlier in the day Prime Minister Kim had warned the annual defence meeting of top military commanders and other ministers that the North might renew military provocations. North Korea has refused to apologise for two incidents last year in which more than 50 people died.

PyeongChang is competing with Annecy and Munich for the approval of the IOC when it votes in Durban on July 6.


Keywords · 2018 Winter Olympics · PyeongChang · IOC · evaluation commission · North Korea · South Korea


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