On the same day that North Korea wished success for the upcoming 2018 Winter Games in South Korea, Olympic leaders expressed confidence that the global sporting event can reach “beyond all political division.”

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un spoke about the games during his annual New Year’s Day address, saying his country might meet with South Korean officials to discuss sending a Northern delegation to Pyeongchang during the competition next month.

“The Winter Olympic Games that will be held soon in the South will be a good opportunity to display the status of the Korean nation and we sincerely wish that the event will be held with good results,” Kim was quoted as saying by the Associated Press.

In a separate message, International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach said he was confident that the games can be held without incident.

“We know about the political tensions on the Korean Peninsula,” Bach said in a statement.

— Los Angeles Times

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