Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Grace Becker

Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC

Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC

This offer comes on the heels of a landmark deal between the warring nations that allows North Korea to send a delegation of athletes, fans, and high-ranking government officials to the South for the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang.

North Korea has proposed working-level talks with the South to discuss sending performing artists to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

The Unification Ministry said it will make a reply after reviewing the proposal.

The proposals were not made public at the time, but they heighten a sense of soaring optimism about the Games since the North confirmed its attendance during the rare, high-level talks on Tuesday.

It suggested a date of January 15 for a meeting with the South's three-member delegation led by vice minister Chun Hae-sung, to discuss the North's participation, the ministry said in a statement.

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A joint march at the opening ceremony would be a stunning statement for the "Peace Olympics", which will open about 80km from the heavily fortified Korean border on Feb 9. In April 2017, South Korea allowed the North Korean team to travel to the South for the Women's World Championships in ice hockey.

Hopes of North Korean participation in Pyeongchang rose after the regime's leader, Kim Jong-un, said on New Year's Day he was willing to discuss sending athletes.

He added that an all-Korea ice hockey team should not force any South Korean players to lose their place in the existing squad to accommodate their North Korean teammates.

However, the International Olympic Committee has said it will consider offering wildcards to North Korean athletes.

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