South Korean Navy Joins PyeongChang Olympic Torch Relay

South Korean Navy Joins PyeongChang Olympic Torch Relay

The United Nations General Assembly adopted an Olympic Truce resolution ahead of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games, calling for the games to be an opportunity to promote peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Culture, Sports and Tourism Minister Do Jong-hwan made the remark during a meeting with reporters in NY on Tuesday afternoon, a day after he observed the adoption of a resolution of the Olympic Truce for the 2018 Games at the UN General Assembly.

It was titled "Building a Peaceful and Better World through Sports and the Olympic Idea".

Still, the previous time South Korea hosted the Olympics, which was the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, Kim's grandfather Kim Il Sung, the founder of the North Korean state, boycotted them after a plan to co-host the event fell apart.

"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.

PyeongChang 2018 President Hee Beom Lee presented the truce before the General Assembly, and South Korean gold medalist Kim Yu Na spoke of the "role of sport and the Olympic ideal in promoting peace".

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

The mountainous resort town of Pyeongchang is located just 50 miles (80 km) from the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea, the world's most heavily armed border.

The theme of the General Assembly this year was "Focusing on People".

North Korean figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-sik qualified for the pairs competition last month, however.

A record 94 countries have expressed interest in sending athletes to next year's Winter Olympics, although North Korea have yet to indicate whether they will attend the Games.

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