At the same time, China has incentives to cooperate: It worries about the destabilizing effects of nuclear weapons in the hands of a young, untested North Korean leader; it values its economic relationship with the US; and Beijing certainly doesn't want to risk spurring development of Japanese and South Korean nuclear arsenals.
The sports minister further said that both Nation could co-host the ski resort even with Jang Woong, who is the delegate of North Korea to the IOC.
"A quiet outcome would be the best outcome from any summit between the United States and South Korea in the age of Moon and Trump", said Van Jackson, a professor of worldwide relations at Victoria University of Wellington, in an email interview with The Korea Herald.
Moon travels to Washington on Wednesday for a summit with U.S. President Donald Trump, which is expected to focus on reaffirming their countries' alliance and how best to respond to the North's weapons program.
"If a North Korean delegation takes part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, I believe it will greatly contribute to realizing the Olympic values of friendship and peace", he said, according to a script of his remarks released by the presidential Blue House.
But Moon's decision on THAAD has reportedly angered President Trump, despite his administration's assurances that the environmental review will not result in a reversal of South Korea's decision to accept the missile defense system. Initially created to provide layered defense against North Korean missiles, the THAAD has become a key test of the allies' resolve against China's growing assertiveness, the scholar said.
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For Moon, analysts say pursuing such an approach has been made more complicated by last week's death of American student Otto Warmbier, who had been jailed by the North.
Relations between North and South Korea have been characterized by consistent tension.
On Thursday, North Korea carried out another test of a rocket engine as part of the program developing an intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM), which is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead, and reaching the USA mainland.
Chang Ung is here to attend the World Taekwondo Championships, which begun yesterday. The two countries fought a war in the early 1950s, and have been at odds ever since the war ended.
"But I am here as an International Olympic Committee member of North Korea, and representing the IOC".
The head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency told Congress last month that North Korea could be on an "inevitable" course to having a nuclear warhead capable of reaching the country.