Anchor: With North Korea implying it could take part in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, much attention is being drawn to how the delegation would actually visit. The Gangwon Province governor has suggested a cruise ship could ferry the athletes to South Korea.
Our Park Jong-hong has this report.
Report: The path to South Korea for North Korean athletes hoping to compete in the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games is in the spotlight.
The mass delegation would comprise not only the athletes but also sports officials and the cheering squad, but the divided border and security concerns have to be taken into consideration.
Gangwon Province Governor Choi Moon-soon is pushing to provide a cruise ship for transportation and accommodation.
Reports say that Choi made the proposal to North Korean sports officials last year on December 19th in Kunming, China on the occasion of an international youth soccer tournament.
He reportedly met with Moon Yong, a vice minister level official leading the North Korean soccer delegation.
He called for North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and also suggested that a cruise ship transport the delegation from the North to Gangneung which is less than 30 kilometers from the main Olympic venue of Pyeongchang.
The governor said that the ship can also serve as accommodation with amenities and can ensure security.
In response, the North Korean authorities said they would give a comprehensive briefing to the leadership and try to give a positive reply.
The governor told reporters on Wednesday that Gangwon province is the only divided province in the world straddling the two Koreas and that it is striving to host a peaceful Olympics for the whole world.
Park Jong-hong, KBS World Radio News.