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Khanna, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told VOA's Korean Service Monday that numerous co-signatories to the letter, which was delivered last week, believe Trump's hawkish foreign policy strategy and escalating war-of-words with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un could endanger USA security.

A six-minute welcome ceremony was held in Jincheon to mark the arrival of the North Korean ice hockey delegation. When North Korean coach Pak Chul-ho passed the bouquet he had received to Murray, she responded warmly and said "gamsahamnida", meaning "thank you" in Korean.

The statement also said Koreans should reject attempts to brand the North's nuclear weapons programme as a hurdle to improved North-South relations.

They will compete as Korea under the unification flag and the anthem "Arirang", a traditional Korean song often considered an unofficial national anthem which is estimated to be 2,000 years old. The team is comprised of a head coach, two coaching assistants and 12 players.

"But no matter whether or not (I) go to North Korea, our firm stance on being dedicated to maintaining peace and stability on the peninsula and the denuclearization process has not changed", he added.

The unified Korean team will open their group action against Switzerland on February 10.

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The controversy has sent South Korean President Moon Jae-in's overall approval rating below 60 percent for the first time since he took office in May past year, according to a survey released on Thursday by South Korean pollster Realmeter, dropping more than 6 percentage points since last week.

Sue Mi Terry, senior fellow for Korea at the Center for Strategic and International Studies think tank in Washington, told a news briefing that Seoul could push for an indefinite postponement of its joint military exercises with the exchange for North Korea taking steps to denuclearize. They remain there today.

"The North seems to be planning major events as the regime marks the 70th anniversary of its founding this year, and its leader Kim Jong-un apparently wants to show his absolute power", Cho said.

The South Korean government has rejected criticism that the games had been hijacked by North Korea, saying the event will help defuse tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear and missile programme.

South Korean Prime Minister Lee Nak-Yon has also confirmed that Seoul will allow a "massive [North Korean] delegation totaling between 400-500 people" to support their 22 athletes competing at the games, as well as a team of lovely young cheerleaders.