It now seems that officials from the Korea 2022 FIFA World Cup bid have claimed that the violence presently sweeping the region will have no impact on its campaign. They are, of course, referring to the fact that, just recently, North Korea fired dozens of artillery shells at Yeonpyeong, which is a South Korean island adjacent to its coast.
Reports show that four people, two military and two civilian, were killed in these attacks. The UN secretary-general, Ban Ki Moon, has subsequently branded this one of the gravest incidents since the end of the Korean War.
It has also been said that a further 18 people were injured in this assault. South Korea has, of course, branded this event as unacceptable. It also appears, following talks with President Barack Obama, South Korea and the United States stand shoulder-to-shoulder.
In response, the North has accused Seoul of driving the peninsula to the brink of war with reckless military provocation. Despite this, officials think that the FIFA cup could end all of this.
The officials said that this will not affect their bid at all. In fact, the tensions on the Korean Peninsula are all the more reason why people should promote peace and reconciliation now and in the future. Sports is one area where exchanges should continue despite political or military conflict. It is a means in which tensions can be reduced.
Of course, not everyone is buying into this story. However, the bidding team did point out that the World Cup in 2022 is more than 12 years away. Things could be a lot different here in that amount of time.