North Korea Will Send Team to Winter Olympic Games

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A little over a week ago North Korea was threatening nuclear war – this morning a delegation from Pyongyang strode across the demarcation line that divides North and South Korea and agreed a North Korean delegation will attend the Pyeongchang Games.

North Korea has said it will send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, taking place in South Korea in February, says Seoul.

Reuters

The breakthrough announcement came as the countries met for their first high-level talks in more than two years.

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The delegation will include athletes, officials and a cheer squad.

South Korea also proposed holding family reunions during the Winter Olympics for people separated by the Korean War

The issue is a highly emotional one for both countries, and South Korea has constantly been pushing for more reunions to take place.

The reunions are expected to take place during the Lunar New Year holiday, which falls in the middle of the Pyeongchang Games.

Seoul also called for athletes from both Koreas to march together at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games. It’s not yet known how North Korea responded to those offers.

The last time both countries marched together under the Korean Peninsula flag was more than 10 years ago, at the 2006 Winter Olympics.

The talks began early Tuesday in the Panmunjom “peace village” in the demilitarised zone (DMZ) at the border.

Yonhap via Reuters

Speaking afterwards, Seoul’s vice unification minister Chun Hae-Sung told journalists:

“The North side proposed dispatching a high-level delegation, National Olympic Committee delegation, athletes, supporters, art performers, observers, a taekwondo demonstration team and journalists” to the Games.

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