For weeks, South Korean media have been analysing satellite images showing Pyongyang's rehearsals for a large military parade, scheduled for the day before the opening of the PyeongChang Olympic Games.
The letter said that every event agreed upon between the Koreas should be held without a hitch, as both sides have vowed cooperation for the success of the Winter Olympics and the March 9-18 Paralympics, he added.
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd., one of the few Olympics sponsors signed up until 2028, said it wants to upgrade the technology that keeps the Games running and will study the Pyeongchang Games to help find ways to save future host countries money.
The 23rd Winter Olympics will open in Pyeongchang, South Korea, on February 9, featuring 102 events in 15 sports and athletes from all over the world. South Korea was planning to ship 10,000 liters of diesel over the border to power generators at Mount Kumgang, the South's Chosun Ilbo newspaper reported - a move that runs counter to sanctions limiting oil exports to the North.
Investigations by the World Anti-Doping Agency and the International Olympic Committee confirmed allegations of widespread doping among Russian athletes across many sports as well as tampering with Russian athletes' samples during the Sochi 2014 winter Games. The Unification Ministry was expected to send its formal response to North Korea's decision some time on Tuesday.
A total of 2,943 athletes from 92 countries had confirmed their participation in the Olympics by the 6 a.m. Monday deadline, PyeongChang's organizing committee said.
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"We're new to the Olympics games but we've been studying what would be solutions to the pain points that game hosting cities have been facing over the years", Tung said.
According to reports, the International Olympic Committee handed down this punishment to the Russian team as a result of discovering "systematic doping" that they believe to be state-backed. Players part of National Hockey League teams will not be allowed to participate in the Games.
"Of course we are very anxious about our athletes who were unable to go to the Olympic Games".
However, the sudden decision of North Korea to stay away from a mutually agreed decision will put a brake on the initiative.
Reuters has been barred from the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in South Korea after it published photos of an under-wraps rehearsal.