Organizers: 2018 Games will promote Korean peace

Updated: May 3, 2013, 1:56 PM ET
Associated Press

SEOUL, South Korea -- South Korean organizers say the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang will help promote peace on the divided Korean peninsula.

Kim Jin-sun, head of the local organizing committee, spoke Friday at a ceremony to launch the new logo for the games. The five-colored square represents where the earth meets the sky, and the design has its roots in the Korean alphabet.

Kim says the Olympics will be a "symbol of peace" and facilitate dialogue between the two Koreas.

Recently, North Korea threatened to attack the U.S. and South Korea in protest of military drills and international sanctions against its nuclear test.

Pyeongchang is located in Gangwon province, the only Korean province divided by the heavily fortified inter-Korean border.

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