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North and South Korea plan joint bid for 2032 Summer Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae-in North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un walk alone on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 in Pyongyang, North Korea. The two signed an agreement to "eliminate all danger" of war on the Korean peninsula, recommitting to the denuclearization of the peninsula. (Pyongyang Press Corps/Zuma Press/TNS)

The Olympics are continuing to play a role in the rapprochement between North and South Korea, with the countries announcing Wednesday they intend to launch a combined bid for the 2032 Summer Games.

The plan was included in a joint statement following a Pyongyang summit between North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

Kim’s offer to shut down a nuclear missile testing and launch site made the biggest headlines, but the Olympics have been a significant part of the warming North-South relationship.

Locator of map of missile site to close in North Korea.

Earlier this year, the nations cooperated when South Korea hosted the 2018 Winter Games, with athletes from the North marching in the opening ceremony and participating in a number of sports.

The leaders’ statement offered no details on the potential campaign for 2032, which could also attract candidate cities from Germany, Australia and India.

The International Olympic Committee normally selects its host seven years in advance.


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