Even with the best weapons systems in the world and the finest military, the US faces real danger in attempting to bloody North Korea's nose, as its unpredictable dictator may decide that he can't tolerate the humiliation associated with being beaten by his sworn enemy.
Last July, South Korea proposed holding military talks on easing border tensions and holding a Red Cross meeting to discuss the reunion of spanided families. Canada was third in 2010 and will tie with Norway for second in 2014 at 26 medals.
By contrast, North Korea punches above its weight in the Summer Olympics.
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But Russia is the wild card in the prediction game as 42 athletes banned from Pyeongchang because of doping violations have appealed their cases to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. This agreement, was a truce, not a treaty, so rather than ending the Korean War, it technically only paused hostilities, leading to today's tense military situation.
"Bringing North Korea to talks for denuclearisation is the next step we must take".
Although the coming Winter Olympics hosted by South Korea was the initial reason for the South-North Korea talks, more serious issues were discussed.
"These talks started after long-frayed inter-Korean ties", said Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea's chief negotiator, in response. The pair also won a bronze medal at the Asian Winter Games in 2017.
During a televised news conference in Seoul, Moon described the North's Olympic participation as "very desirable", but said that inter-Korean relations cannot be improved without progress in the nuclear standoff and vice versa.
So the plan said to be under consideration involves carefully calculating how North Korea might respond to a limited strike, U.S. officials are working with spotty information, and millions of lives hang in the balance.
He is the chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, North Korea's state agency handling affairs with the South.
On their world championship debut last year in Finland, Ryom and Kim put in two spirited skates to enthusiastic applause from the crowd as they finished 15th, above one of the two U.S. pairs and a string of more experienced European competitors.
The government of liberal President Moon Jae-in has voiced the hope that the North's participation in the games will help ease tensions on the divided peninsula that were sparked by the North's provocations.
The meeting was held at the Panmunjeom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Paju, South Korea.
Talks to work out details would be held soon, the South's Unification Ministry said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres welcomed the talks, particularly the agreement to hold military-to-military talks, calling this "critical to lowering the risk of miscalculation". "I think it's premature".
The North's delegation walked over the Military Demarcation Line marking the border to the Peace House venue on the southern side, just meters from where a defector ran across in a hail of bullets two months ago.
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