Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Koreas to hold talks on sending Northern art troupe to Olympics

Koreas to hold talks on sending Northern art troupe to Olympics

"The participants will be a delegation from the PyeongChang 2018 Organising Committee and delegations from the (Olympic committees) of the Republic of Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), all led by their respective presidents, as well as high-ranking government officials and the IOC members in both countries", the IOC said.

North Korea has yet to comment on the South's offer, which is in the spirit of the original deal and even goes beyond it.

Chang Ung spoke to reporters in Beijing on Saturday on the way back to North Korea from the International Olympic Committee headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.

North Korea, however, has yet to give a response to the South Korean proposal, according to the ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs.

Delegates from the communist regime and the staunch United States ally will hold high-level negotiations in the coming weeks, ironing out important details that will send North Korean athletes, media, and officials over the heavily guarded border between the warring nations.

During its first formal talks last week with South Korea in more than two years, North Korea agreed to send a delegation, including athletes and cheerleaders, to the February 9-25 games. He said the International Olympic Committee will likely consider the proposal.

Although they have marched at previous Olympics opening ceremonies - under the blue and white "unification flag" - the two Koreas have never fielded a joint team at any multi-sport competition, such as the Olympics or Asian Games. In an interview the local press the same day at the athlete's village in Jincheon, North Chungcheong Province, second vice culture minister Roh Tae-kang said steps would be taken to "ensure that our athletes do not suffer if a unified ice hockey team is formed".

He added that Seoul was reaching out to other countries in the hockey competition to explain the situation. One of eight countries participating the Pyeongchang women's ice hockey event, South Korea is part of Group B with Japan, Switzerland, and Sweden.

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