UN Passes 2018 Olympic Truce

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Though it is a tradition to adopt the Olympic Truce before the summer and winter Olympics every two years, the high military tensions on the Korean Peninsula give this year's truce particular significance. This resolution, which Moon submitted during a meeting with International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach in September, was largely drafted by the South Korean government and was co-sponsored by more than 140 countries, including the US, China, Japan and Russian Federation.

The Ministry made the call following the United Nations' adoption of the Olympic Truce resolution in New York City yesterday.

"With the Olympic Truce resolution, the UN General Assembly is creating the conditions for all athletes to compete in peace".

"Through this cease-fire resolution, United Nations member states will have a meaningful opportunity to promote peace in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games through sports and Olympic ideals, promote understanding of humanity, and create peace on the Korean Peninsula and Northeast Asia", a Ministry statement read, according to fnnews.

South Korea's Unification Ministry have called for North Korea to participate at the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics in an effort to foster peace.

International Olympic Committee officials and South Korea have sought to ensure North Korea's participation at Pyeongchang 2018.

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"I firmly believe that PyeongChang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Games will help spread the message of peace through one of the few languages that has the power to unite people around the world, sport", Kim Yu Na said in her speech.

"We are very hopeful and expect them (North Korean athletes) to be able to participate in the Games".

It also "urges member states to observe the Olympic Truce individually and collectively, within the framework of the Charter of the United Nations", throughout the period running from seven days before the start of the Olympic Games until seven days after the end of the Paralympic Games. "Indeed, PyeongChang represents perhaps the most honest effort to cross the frozen border between the South and North and to foster a peaceful environment".

He recalled the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, where delegations from both Koreas walked into the opening ceremony "marching together, hand in hand under the same flag". The South Korean government has reportedly looked into whether the suspension of North Korea's nuclear weapons and missile activity and the reduction of the South Korea-US joint military exercises could be a starting point for dialogue on the North Korean nuclear issue.

The Ministry of Unification said on the adoption of the resolution, "We look forward to North Korea being receptive in creating a path to peace on the Korean Peninsula, Northeast Asia and the worldwide community". It simply said "Korea".

As part of the deal, Leyard will provide multiple LED video walls for NBC's broadcast sets in PyeongChang, South Korea. The lucky 20 will receive a gift of the "Moon Jae-in watch" which includes the president's signature.

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