Moving a step forward to promote unity, North and South Korea have agreed to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony.
According to various sources, North Korea also assured that it would send a 550-member delegation to the Winter Olympics and Paralympics in the South.
North Korea agreed last week to take part in next month’s Pyeongchang Games which are taking place just 80 km south of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula. Seoul has long sought to proclaim the event a ‘peace Olympics’ in the face of tensions over the North’s weapons programmes and the discussions represent a marked improvement. The two Koreas will march together under a pro-unification flag at the opening ceremony for the February 9-25 Games, according to a press statement issued by the South.
Besides, they also agreed to form a unified women’s ice hockey team and the South said it will send its skiers to the Masikryong ski resort in the North for joint training with North Korean skiers ahead of the Games. “Inter-Korean relations have been strained for almost 10 years,” the North’s chief delegate Jon Jong-Su said as the meeting started on the southern side of the border truce village of Panmunjom. “We hope that ties can open,” he added.