North Korea's sudden announcement on January 1 that it would consider joining the Games is raising hopes for better ties between the Koreas after a year of heightened animosities and fears of a military confrontation as the United States is beefing up its pressures on North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.
China, along with Russian Federation the North's only major ally, is caught in the middle in efforts to bring about a peaceful solution on the Korean peninsula, condemned the Vancouver talks as illegitimate and non-representative.
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The two countries, which fought on the communist side in the Korean War, strongly opposed the meeting, with China dismissing the summit as a "return to the Cold War era". Tillerson said the United States and other nations are "resolute" that North Korea will never become a nuclear power.
"We will not allow North Korea to drive a wedge through our resolve or solidarity".
At the event, Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono cautioned against being lulled by North Korea's recent engagement with the South.
The Koreas will also engage in joint training at a ski resort and form a joint women's ice hockey team, according to Oliver Hotham of the North Korea-focused news website NK News.
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Furthermore, South Korea's prime minister Lee Nak-yeon said at a media briefing today (Jan. 17) that since its women's hockey team is ranked 22nd in the world, it's "not in contention for a medal" (link in Korean).
The two countries have been engaged in high-level talks at the truce village of Panmunjom for the first time in more than two years amid ratcheting tensions between the North's leader, Kim Jong-un, and the US President Donald Trump.
It is the most striking breakthrough yet in a wave of sports diplomacy that began last week when the two countries sat down for the first time in more than two years to discuss the North's participation in the Winter Games.
"The meeting hosted by the United States and Canada in the name of United Nations Command apparently reflects their Cold War thinking", Lu said.
Russian Federation and China weren't at the meeting and criticized the decision to hold the gathering, calling it unhelpful and even potentially harmful to the prospects for peace with North Korea.
"North Korea has continued to make significant advances in both its nuclear weapons, the lethality of those weapons ... as well as the continued progress they've made in their intercontinental ballistic missile systems", he added.