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

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

On Tuesday, North Korea confirmed it would join in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games which is scheduled for February 9 to 25, following Seoul's proposal that Pyongyang send a large delegation as well as a cheering squad to PyeongChang.

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

North Korea has offered to send athletes to PyeongChang, and the two sides are working on details of the North's participation, including a possible joint march at the opening ceremony.

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

Media reports said North and South Korean officials would continue their discussions on Olympic arrangements on Monday in Panmunjom.

Vice President Mike Pence and Karen Pence will lead the USA delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.

Yonhap said South Korea has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Hockey Federation for permission to expand the roster of its women's hockey team, to bring in North Korean players.

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"The OCA is heartened by the announcement on Tuesday and looks forward to seeing the flags of two of our member National Olympic Committees flying high together at PyeongChang 2018".

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.

It would not be the first time the two Koreas have fielded joint teams.

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They previously formed unified teams in 1991, at the World Table Tennis Championships and the FIFA World Youth Championship both held that year.

The White House said Wednesday that Pence will attend the opening ceremonies of the games, scheduled for February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. South Korea are grouped with Sweden, Switzerland and Japan in the women's tournament.

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