US hopes that North Korea participate in the Winter Olympics a ‘taste of freedom’

Vastavam web: The US has said it hopes that North Korea’s decision to participate in the Winter Olympics, along with South Korea, will give it a “taste of freedom” and its leadership would see the value in ending its international isolation over its nuclear ambitions.For the first time in over a decade, the two Koreas yesterday agreed to march together under a single flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics Games, to be held in Pyeongchang in South Korea later this year, in a show of unity and further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula amid growing diplomatic negotiations between the two countries.

She was responding to questions on the decision of North Korea to send its athletes to participate in Winter Olympics along with South Korea.”This isn’t the first time that the two countries have marched together. We hope that this experience gives North Korea and its athletes a small taste of freedom, and that rubs off and is something that spreads and impacts in these negotiations and in these conversations,” Sanders said.Tensions between North Korea, its neighbours and the US have been high after Pyongyang carried out multiple missile launches last year, including a number of ICBMs, and its sixth atomic test, by far its most powerful to date.