Issues surrounding N. Korea as Olympics nears

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And to tell us more about issues surrounding the North's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics,... Dr. Lee Seong-hyon.... a research fellow and North Korea expert at the Sejong Institute.... joins us in the studio today.
Thank you for being here with us.

Pleasure to be here.


1- So yesterday, North Korean athletes led by North Korea's Vice Sports Minister Won Gil-woo.... arrived in South Korea to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Games.
Tell us more about him and what significance his visit holds.


2- And we know that on Thursday,... the North Korean flag was raised here in the South at the athletes' village in Pyeongchang and at stadiums in both Pyeongchang and Gangneung.... where North Korean athletes are expected to compete during the games.


3- When are we expecting the North Korean art troupe and Taekwondo demonstration team?
Any changes on that front?


4- So with the Pyeongchang Olympics only days away... the schedule has been set for the North's participation in the Olympics... but we still have that military parade coming up in North Korea just a day before the opening of the Olympics.


5- Now, in his first State of the Union address, U.S. President Donald Trump warned that.... North Korea would (QUOTE-UNQUOTE) "very soon" threaten the U.S. with nuclear-tipped missiles.
And North Korea in response..... has warned that if the U.S. goes ahead with military exercises with South Korea after the Winter Olympics.... it will not (QUOTE-UNQUOTE) "sit idle."
What can we make of these statements both from Trump and North Korea?


6- There are also concerns over North Korea driving a wedge between Seoul and Washington.
In fact, the White House's original choice for U.S. ambassador to South Korea... Victor Cha... is no longer expected to be nominated.
What went on here?


7- Some are saying that it's an overstatement to say that Cha no longer being considered for the post is mostly because he disliked the idea of a limited strike on North Korea.
What are your thoughts on this?

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