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Will 2018 Winter Olympics Result in a Thaw in North Korea's Relations with South Korea and the U.S?

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Will 2018 Winter Olympics Result in a Thaw in North Korea's Relations with South Korea and the U.S?

The Olympics committee and South Korea had to scramble to accommodate North Korea's interest in participating in the 2018 Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Kim Jong Un used his annual televised New Year's address to announce the North's plan to participate. This prompted officials from both Koreas to make major efforts to accommodate the participation of 22 North Korean athletes. An entourage of 500 attended, including the support of North Korea's handpicked cheering squad all dressed in red. Kim Jong Un also sent his sister, Kim Yo Jong to attend the opening ceremony. She invited South Korea's President Moon to visit Pyongyang for a summit with her brother.

Both Koreas participated as a joint team. Although they won 17 medals, no North Korean athletes medaled. One of the biggest stories was the popularity of the North Korean figure skating pair, Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik. They did not win any medals, but they were a crowd favorite.

So far North Korea has not released any coverage of the Olympics. The failed Olympians hope to avoid the dangerous consequences that other North Korean athletes have faced: being sent to labor camps. All eyes are upon North Korea's reaction to the failure of its athletes to win any medals. North Korea's emissary to the games has intimated a desire for future talks between the two nations. Perhaps a thaw is taking place between the two Koreas.

The nation of North Korea is number one on the 2018 Open Doors World Watch List of the worst persecutors of Christians in the world. Window International Network partners pray for North Korea on Day 27 in accordance with the Praying Through the Window 9: Global Terrorism and World Religions prayer calendar.

Please pray for:
  • The North and South to pursue their stated desire for a summit between the two nations, and positive diplomacy will result. Pray for President Moon's safety while visiting North Korea (The Bible, Matthew 5:43-48).

  • Returning athletes to be dealt with fairly by their government and not blamed for their inability to medal at the Winter Olympics (The Bible, Luke 6:31).

  • Returning athletes and Olympic participants to discretely share their positive experiences and the freedoms they saw exhibited by athletes from other countries (The Bible, Philippians 4:8).

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