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North Korea Is Officially Headed To The 2018 Winter Olympics

North Korea Is Officially Headed To The 2018 Winter Olympics

Women's ice hockey goalie Shin So-jung on Thursday told the Chosun Ilbo of her regrets that the two Koreas have chosen her sport to field an inter-Korean team for the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month.

IOC President Thomas Bach is chairing the four-party meeting at the IOC headquarters here, which includes representatives from the PyeongChang Olympic Organizing Committee and the respective national Olympic bodies of the two Koreas.

The Games, which begin in South Korea on February 9, are the first Winter Olympics since it was revealed Russian Federation manipulated anti-doping tests at the Sochi Olympics four years ago.

Among them-figure skating, short track speed skating, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing.

It is up to the International Olympic Committee to finalize the details of North Korea's participation, including protocols regarding its uniform, anthem and flag, and the size of the North's athletic delegation.

■ Seeking "positive feedback loop" with inter-Korean, North Korea-US dialogue In its report, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said it planned to "focus on bringing North Korea and the US into the dialogue process and pushing for a positive feedback loop between inter-Korean and North Korea-US dialogue". The ministry further plans to continue pushing for talks in specific areas, including discussions among military authorities as previously agreed upon by the two sides and Red Cross talks to hold reunions for divided family members.

Pyongyang said the remarks it took issue with were in the vein of "the USA desperately trying to reverse the trend of detente and improvement of inter-Korean relations", seemingly referring to the breakthrough surrounding the Winter Olympics, according to a statement from North Korea's Permanent Mission to the UN.




The letter also claimed clean athletes had been "undermined" by the IOC's failure to confirm the criteria it would use to decide which Russians will be allowed to compete at the Games in South Korea.

At the start of talks, Bach said the meeting was "a great moment for the Olympic movement".

Participation by the DPRK in the Winter Olympics is not always a sure bet.

"Let us not forget that such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago", Bach said, in an apparent reference to the feverish tension triggered previous year by the North's repeated missile tests.

The 2018 Winter Games kick off in the alpine county of PyeongChang, located 180 kilometers east of Seoul, on February 9.

"The IOC has chose to allow the two National Olympic Committees, for the first time in their Olympic history, to form a unified team in a sport", the worldwide organization said in statement following four-party talks at the IOC Headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland.


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