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South Korea eyes North as co-host for 2018 Olympics

Cooperation on winter games a chance to thaw frosty relations

SEOUL -- North Korea could host some of the events associated with the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, South Korea's culture minister said Tuesday.

Do Jong-hwan, minister of culture, sports and tourism and Seoul's point man on the Olympics, proposed holding certain events at the Masikryong ski resort in the eastern portion of the reclusive state, South Korean media report. North and South could also form a joint women's ice hockey team, and the traditional Olympic torch relay could run through Pyongyang or Kaesong, he suggested.

Such a collaboration could help the neighbors resume dialogue after a period of official silence. Reconciliation between North and South is a key goal of new South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

What Pyongyang thinks of the proposals is not yet clear. Do hopes to discuss the possibility of co-hosting with Chang Ung, the North's representative on the International Olympic Committee, and IOC President Thomas Bach when the officials attend an international taekwondo tournament in the South in late June.

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