North and South Korea Creating Peace for the Upcoming Winter Olympics

Kayla Ponti, Reporter

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The 2018 Winter Olympic Games is taking place in PyeongChang, South Korea starting on Friday, February 9th and goes until Sunday, February 25th with athletes from 94 countries competing.

Because the two countries, North and South Korea, have had strong tensions for 60 years, many people have been concerned about North Korea’s political leader, Kim Jong Un and the possibility of him planning something to ambush the Olympic Games.

According to TIME, the two countries have decided that they will march under one united flag and field a joint team in women’s ice hockey, despite the two nations’ continuing to remain at war.

CNN states that North and South Korea women’s hockey team had their first and last practice on Sunday as team and will be competing as “Korea” during the Olympic Games.

TIME states that even though the countries have declared unity for the Olympics, there still is the remaining tension from Kim Jong Un’s continuation of nuclear and missile testing and threats and his escalating war of words with U.S. President Donald Trump.The South Korean President Moon Jae-in hopes that the public display of unity between the two countries can take away from the fear of the relentless march toward a nuclear war.

As of now, both countries are at peace. North Korea is sending a 140-member orchestra, a cheering squad of younger women, and 22 athletes to compete in ice hockey, figure skating, short-tracking speed skating, cross-country and Alpine skiing, but unfortunately none are expected to medal says TIME.

TIME said that since Kim Jong Un has continued to say that his nuclear arsenal is not up for negotiation, many believe that the peace between North and South Korea is not permanent long-term, but will hopefully keep the athletes and spectators at the Olympics safe and out of dangers way if North Korea is participating. In this situation, it is important to “keep your enemies close.”

There is continued hope that all athletes and spectators remain safe during the Winter Olympics.

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