In a surprising turn of events, North and South Korea will enter a combined women's ice hockey to next months Winter Olympics being held in Pyeongchang County, South Korea. The two countries will also march under one flag. This comes after a new round of talks about the Olympics between the the two estranged countries in over two years.
A joint press released issued Seoul’s Unification Ministry outlined some of the parameters of the agreement stating that North Korea is to send a delegation of over 400. It will 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players. Also, the two sides will share joint training for skiers at the North Korea's Masik Pass resort in addition to a cultural event being held at Mount Kumgang resort.
Chun Hae-sung, the South Korea's chief negotiator and vice unification minister had this to say about the new relationship:
“Under the circumstances where inter-Korean (relations) are extremely strained, in fact just some 20 days ago we weren’t expecting North Korea would participate in the Olympics. It would have a significant meaning if the South and North show reconciliation and unity, for example through a joint march.”
Chun added that North Korea will also participate in the Paralympics, sending 150 delegates.
Some folks took the news as an optimistic step forward.
This is really great to hear!!! Just one step in the long path to reconciliation— GLiA Joe (@kilimanjahro234) January 17, 2018
Many other were feeling more skeptical.
I just have a bad feeling about it. North Korea cannot be trusted and South Korea is vulnerable. The USA would get involved in any conflict again. Just scary.— David Missle (@m1_SSI) January 17, 2018
I will not watch this. Sorry but two entities aiming weapons at each other and just casually get together to play sports.— Before I Fall (@ChasingHeros) January 17, 2018
How is this good? N Korea still committing atrocities against its own citizens and launching missiles every other day. Should continue to condemn them not hold hands.— #SAVETHECREW (@brianmoorre) January 17, 2018
What seemed to be weighing most on everyone's mind was: When will Donald Trump try to take credit?
And Trump will take credit for it.. guaranteed..— Kristina Anderson🐧😼☮️☯️ (@realposhpenguin) January 17, 2018
Trump will think this is a monumental step forward and credit himself with for alleged feat.— Brandon Horan (@brandon_r_horan) January 17, 2018
A couple of Twitter users actually felt Trump should get the credit, but that got smacked down pretty quick.
Why? The only thing he did was scare the shit out of S. Korea, yes, SOUTH Korea, making them realize that they could not depend on the U.S., so they better cave in to N. Korea or be annihilated by a Nuclear missile. The problem still exists and trump has done nothing to solve it.— Dan in Nebraska (@bartlet4amer) January 17, 2018
One step at a time folks. One step at a time.
H/T: Huffington Post