Published: Sat, January 13, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

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

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

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes.

The North also said it will later propose dates for working-level talks on the North's participation in the PyeongChang Olympics, the ministry said. "Since there have been few exchanges between the two Koreas, there are many minor issues to be dealt with". But they have never fielded a joint team at a multi-discipline sports event such as the Olympics.

An offer has also been made by the South to have both countries' athletes walk into the Opening Ceremony together under a unified flag, although like the ice hockey proposal, a resolution has not yet been reached.

A senior South Korean official said on Friday that Seoul is seeking to form a joint women's ice hockey team with North Korea to participate in next month's Winter Olympics being hosted by the South.

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Instead, the South Korean authorities are expected to seek permission to expand the size of its squad from the existing 23 players to 35.

The Pyeongchang Olympics, which start on February 9, coincide with high tensions on the Korean Peninsula due to North Korean nuclear tests and contentious exchanges between U.S. President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

January 10, 2018 (EIRNS)-The North and South Korean delegations issued a joint statement after yesterday's meeting in Panmunjom.

The figure skating pair Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik were the only North Korean athletes to qualify but missed the deadline to register for their event.

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