uggs with heels US hopes joint Olympic team helps North Korea change
Seoul’s Unification Ministry says the Koreas reached the agreement during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom.
It says athletes from the two Koreas will march together under a “unification flag” depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony and will field a single women’s ice hockey team.
The measures require approval by the International Olympic Committee.
South Korea says North Korea plans to send a 230 member cheering squad to South Korea during next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry says in a statement the North also proposed its Olympic delegation travel to South Korea across the land border during talks Wednesday.
It says the two Koreas also discussed fielding a joint women’s hockey team and conducting a joint march during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Games.
It says the talks will continue later Wednesday.
South Korea says North Korea will send a delegation to the Paralympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in March.
Seoul’s Unification Ministry says in a statement that the North informed it of such a plan during talks Wednesday at the border. The talks, the third round in less than 10 days, were arranged to discuss cooperation in next month’s Pyeongchang Olympics.
The Unification Ministry says the two Korea will hold further talks on a detailed makeup of the North Korean Paralympics delegation.
Unification Ministry spokesman Baik Tae hyun said Wednesday that the government is aware of public concerns that adding North Korean players could displace South Koreans who have made the team.
His comments came as the two Koreas were holding talks on North Korean participation in the Winter Games in South Korea next month.
South Korea wants the IOC to allow the hockey team’s roster to be expanded to make room for North Korean players.
The two Koreas are meeting for the third time in 10 days to discuss North Korean participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea.
Officials from both sides met Wednesday in the village of Panmunjom inside the Demilitarized Zone that divides their countries.
North Korea agreed last week to send a delegation to the Olympics. The move has provided a tentative thaw in the strained ties between the Koreas.
Proposals expected to be discussed Wednesday include a joint women’s hockey team and marching together during the opening ceremony. The talks precede a meeting between the two countries and the IOC in Switzerland on Saturday.