South Korean president calls for North Korean Olympic participation

South Korea on Friday conducted a missile test aimed at sending warning to North Korea’s repeated provocations. The South Korean government has already tested the Hyunmoo-2 missile four times, and it will be ready for use after two more trial-launches.In April, the South Korean women’s football team faced North Korea in Pyongyang, while the North Korean women’s hockey team played South Korea in Gangneung, some 230 kilometers east of Seoul. The presence of two USA aircraft carriers off the Korean Peninsula – the first time in 20 years that US naval maneuvers included two carrier groups – was meant as a “message of reassurance” against any aggression by North Korea.Relations between North and South Korea have been characterized by consistent tension.South Korea considered sharing some events at the Seoul 1988 Olympics with the North.Trump’s signature Asia policy – his pledge to stop North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons – should be a clear-cut example of American military resolve.”Aside from Western visitors bringing much needed foreign currency, especially valued in a country facing extensive worldwide sanctions for its illegal nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, the North Korean regime has shown their willingness to use American hostages as diplomatic bargaining chips”, said Fitzpatrick.North Korea has tested several new missile systems this year, including a powerful midrange missile that experts say could one day reach targets as far as Hawaii or Alaska. But in a recent tweet, Trump appeared to conclude that although China has tried, its efforts have not yielded the desired results.He added that the global community is infuriated by the death of American Otto Warmbier who died six days after North Korea freed him on June 13.John Delury an associate professor at the Yonsei University Graduate School of International Studies in Seoul, told CNN: “With these important dates on the North Korean state calendar, they can dial them up and dial them down as they want to”.South Korea has also developed a cruise missile family dubbed Hyunmoo-3 resembling U.S. Tomahawk cruise missile, the 3C variant of which have been test fired for a 1,500 km range.However, the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman questioned such calls.North Korea now has three more American citizens imprisoned, two of them detained in April and May. Do Jong-hwan, South Korea’s newly appointed sports minister, said last week he would ask Chang for his support in securing North Korea’s participation in the PyeongChang Olympics, which kicks off in February 2018.