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South Korea will keep door to PyeongChang Olympics open for N. Korea until 'last minute': President Moon Updated: 2017-07-25 07:14:20 KST


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"It's the final countdown to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. In two-hundred days from now, it will be South Korea's resort town of PyeongChang in the spotlight showing the world what it takes to host 3-thousand athletes for one of the largest sporting events in the world.
The latest to join the team as an honorary ambassador, President Moon Jae-in."


Before a crowd of 3-hundred in PyeongChang, roughly 180 kilometers east of Seoul South Korean President Moon Jae-in was given another brand new title.


"How do you feel about having the president as an honorary ambassador for the Games?"

Honorary ambassador of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games presented by Olympic champion, queen of figure skating, Kim Yuna.

With a business card that couldn't get ANY bigger, the South Korean leader vowed all out efforts to ensure a successful Olympic Games.


"I promise you that the central government will now join in efforts to ensure success of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics as it will be the first large-scale international event for this administration, as well."
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South Korea has been promoting the PyeongChang Games as Cultural, Environmental, High-tech and Olympics for Peace but the president added another description to the list.


"A healing event. Olympics that heals."
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The healing spirit of the Olympic Games for the Korean people who had to ride out months of political turbulence during the country's scandalous presidential impeachment.


"I have no doubt that this Olympics will be an opportunity for our people, torn apart by political uncertainty, to restore national pride.
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It will offer a chance for Koreans to heal and rebuild hope in the country."
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The first Winter Olympics to be held on South Korean soil will kick off a series of high-profile sporting events in Asia with Tokyo hosting the 2020 Summer Games and Beijing, the Winter Olympics in 2022.

President Moon hopes sports will not only transcend politics but pave a path to peace on the Korean peninsula and Northeast Asia.

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"The South Korean president who advocates an alternating approach of pressure and dialogue to North Korea added that Seoul will keep the doors open for Pyongyang to join the Winter Games until the very last minute.
His message, loud and clear: The ball is now in North Korea's court.
Moon Connyoung, Arirang News, the Blue House."
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