It has earmarked 20 billion won (.6 million) for the screening security measures and another 1.3 billion won for the cyber security protection, according to the documents.An official from the National Intelligence Service, South Korea’s spy agency, is in charge of security operations, working with the government’s anti-terrorism center, the organizing committee’s spokeswoman told Reuters.President Donald Trump's administration is looking to reduce the U. trade deficit with Seoul, which stood at .5 billion in the third quarter, according to U. It's imperative that the outcome of renegotiation works in the national interest of each country, said Wendy Cutler, a former acting deputy United States Trade Representative who was the chief U. negotiator for the deal, known as "Korus." The White House, she told CNBC, "should not only focus on what it wants, but also see what it can do for Korea because for a negotiation to be successful, both countries need to win." Trump threatened last year to scrap the seven-year-old accord unless it were revised, but South Korean President Moon Jae-In was initially opposed to changes. South Korea, on the other hand, is worried about the political ramifications of folding to Washington's demands."President Moon Jae-in and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed to further intensify their countries' cooperation to put stronger pressure and sanctions against North Korea, noting they can no longer tolerate North Korea's threats to security," Moon's chief press secretary said, according to Yonhap News.The leaders expressed "concerns over North Korea's claim that its nuclear and missile development programs are in their final stages," and agreed to take steps on cracking down on the regime.If the Trump administration is perceived as heavy-handed and uncompromising in talks, that could raise anti-U. sentiment in Asia's fourth-largest economy, Scott Seaman, Asia director at political consultancy Eurasia Group, said in a Thursday note. Agriculture and autos are among highly sensitive issues on the agenda as the White House seeks revisions that will win Trump points at home. Moon's administration, meanwhile, will seek to limit the number of overall concessions and dilute the agreement's investor-state dispute system.
“We will search Olympic venues to check for bombs, protect athletes and visitors, and guard against any attempts to assassinate key figures,” Jin Jeong-hyeon, a police inspector from the SWAT team, told Reuters.Abe reportedly raised the possibility of attending South Korea's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in February.Though Japan and South Korea are allied against North Korea, tensions remain strained among the countries due to lingering resentments from Japan's invasion of mainland Asia during World War II.The committee is seeking to fast-track the selection as tensions rise in the wake of South Korea’s controversial deployment of the U. THAAD anti-missile system, and as North Korean leader Kim Jong Un tests weapons at an unprecedented rate.“Cyber threats have increased due to external factors such as the THAAD deployment and recent North Korean missile launches,” the committee said in the document.Walters said he believes Korus is fine as it is, and Washington shouldn't be renegotiating terms at all: "When people were talking about the U. being a part of the Trans-Pacific Partnership several years ago, they would actually reference Korus as the gold standard for how the U. should approach the TPP." The Trump team's "continued rhetoric on trade deficits is misguided, old thinking," he added.South Korea's President Moon Jae In and Japan's Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed on Wednesday that the two nations could "no longer tolerate" the nuclear and missile provocations from North Korea.REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji/File Photo The Games take place next February in the mountainous resort town of Pyeongchang, just 80 km (50 miles) from the heavily fortified border with North Korea.They come after a series of missile and nuclear tests show the North making rapid advances in its weapons program and as inflammatory rhetoric between Pyongyang and Washington stirs up concerns about another conflict on the Korean peninsula.Our handy 2018 Pyeong Chang Winter Games brochure lays out all the details covered here and more.If you request a quote, you’ll get a brochure automatically.