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Winter Olympics: North Korea to send delegation to South

Winter Olympics: North Korea to send delegation to South

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 09 Jan 2018, 11:02 am

Seoul/Pyongyang, Jan 9 (IBNS): In a major development, North Korea said on Tuesday that it will be sending delegates to South Korea for the upcoming Winter Olympics, reports said.

The games are scheduled to take place in South Korea in the month of February.

The decision was reached following a high level meeting, involving Ri Son-gwon, North Korea's chief delegate and Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korea's Unification Minister.

The meeting took place it the Panmunjom peace village, a demilitarized zone located at the border.

"I came here with hopes that the two Koreas hold talks with a sincere and faithful attitude to give precious results to the Korean people who harbor high expectations for this meeting, as the first new year present," Ri Son-gwon, said at the start of the talks as quoted by Yonhap.

Following the meeting, South Korea's Vice Unification Minster Chun Hae-Sung told reporters: "The North side proposed dispatching a high-level delegation, National Olympic Committee delegation, athletes, supporters, art performers, observers, a taekwondo demonstration team and journalists to the games."

According to Chun, Seoul has proposed a family unification programme and bilateral military talks between the two nations.

The last North and South dialogue took place in 2015, following which, relationship between the two nations had soured.