North Korea threatens Winter Olympics withdrawal in Trump spat

North Korea threatens Winter Olympics withdrawal in Trump spat

North Korea has warned it is willing to walk away from participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics after taking umbrage at recent fulsome praise made by its southerly neighbor in relation to president Trump.

Pyongyang’s threatened snub could derail the hermit state’s tentative steps into the outside world by allowing its athletes to compete but politics, as ever, threatens to interfere.

At issue are remarks made by South Korean president Moon Jae-in who went out of his way to praise Trump, an outspoken critic of North Korea, saying the president deserved ‘big credit’ for fostering talks between the two nations.

In a markedly different take on events the state run Korean Central News Agency adopted a different tack, stating: “They should know that train and bus carrying our delegation to the Olympics are still in Pyongyang ... The South Korean authorities had better ponder over what unfavorable results may be entailed by their impolite behavior.”

The spat threatens to undo a recent thawing of relations which saw the first face-to-face discussions take place between North and South Korea in over two years.

Wasserman have been appointed to spearhead social content for the Winter Olympics in the run up to next months event.

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