South Korean Navy Joins PyeongChang Olympic Torch Relay

James 'Woodsy' Woods on the top of the podium in August

James 'Woodsy' Woods on the top of the podium in August

"Only the UN Member States can guarantee the athletes a safe passage to the Olympic Games".

"I hope that the Games will help lay the foundation for dialogue and cooperation on the Korean Peninsula which is going through political tension", said Do, adding that North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Games is likely to be "a last-minute decision".

China and Russian Federation have pushed back against some demands the USA and Japan wrote into early drafts of UN Security Council resolutions aimed at halting Pyongyang's efforts to develop nuclear weapons.

The resolution was drafted under the initiative of the South Korean government, with numerous United Nations members collaborating to the process.

The resolution, adopted with a bang of the gavel by Assembly President Miroslav Lajcak to loud applause, urges United Nations member states to observe the truce from seven days before the games begin on February 9 until seven days after the Paralympic Winter Games end on March 18.

"We will also convey the message that the Pyeongchang Olympic Games will be held safely and peacefully all over the world". The two countries remain technically at war after their 1950-53 conflict ended with a truce and not a peace treaty.

"The Olympic Charter states the goal of Olympism is to place sport at the service of the harmonious development of humankind with a view to promoting a peaceful society concerned with the preservation of human dignity", she said, in a speech ahead of the passing of the resolution.

"Sydney 2000 was another example, as with the support of the IOC, athletes from both Koreas entered the Olympic stadium under the same flag".

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NCP state president T P Peethambaran Master, however, did not disclose to the media the decisions arrived at the executive. Ramesh said it's a shame that the court has come down heavily and questioned the very essence of Vijayan's governance.

Korean champion figure skater Kim Yu-na address the United Nations General Assembly after the country submitted a resolution calling for peace through sports and Olympic ideals on Monday at the UN headquarters in NY.

"I believe the Olympic Games are the best expression of our values".

"Taking this opportunity, I would like to assure you, once again, that the organising committee and the Korean Government are committed to a safe and peaceful Olympic Games".

The joint Korean delegation for the Olympics in September 2000 followed the first inter-Korean summit, between former South Korean President Kim Dae-jung and North Korean leader Kim Jong-il, three months earlier in June. "Together we are more powerful than any of us working alone".

Representing the Navy as a torchbearer was Lieutenant Commander Kim Gyu-hwan, who played a key role in a successful rescue mission involving South Korean crewmen who were kidnapped by Somali pirates in 2011.

Today the United Nations General Assembly passed the truce by acclamation, continuing an Olympic tradition.

Introducing the resolution, Lee Hee-beom, the president and CEO of the PyeongChang Organizing Committee said the truce begins seven days before the opening of the Olympic Games and concludes on the seventh day after the closing of the Paralympic Games.

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