South Korean President Moon Jae-in has invited North Korean athletes to the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
During a congratulatory speech at the opening ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, 270 kilometers from Seoul, the South Korean leader said he hopes sports would play a significant role in the reconciliation of South and North Korea.
"I believe should North Korean athletes' participate in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, it will be a great contribution to realizing the Olympic spirit, unity of the human kind and world peace.
I hope North Korea's cheering squad could also join us to establish a platform for the reconciliation of South and North Korea."
The opening ceremony featured a historic joint performance by demonstration teams from North Korea-led International Taekwondo Federation and the World Taekwondo.
The World Taekwondo is the official IOC-recognized international taekwondo body headquartered in Seoul.
Boasting the largest participation ever with 184 delegations and 971 athletes, the 2017 World Taekwondo Championship runs from June 24 to June 30.