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Koreas to hold talks on sending Northern art troupe to Olympics

13 January 2018

Chang also told reporters at Beijing's global airport that "the IOC is likely to consider" South Korea's proposal to form a joint women's ice hockey team and the size of North Korea's delegation to be sent to Pyeongchang will be decided by its national Olympic committee.

This offer comes on the heels of a landmark deal between the warring nations that allows North Korea to send a delegation of athletes, fans, and high-ranking government officials to the South for the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Earlier on Tuesday, Seoul said it was prepared to lift some sanctions temporarily so North Korean officials could visit the South for the Games.

North Korea has proposed working-level talks with the South to discuss sending performing artists to the PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games.

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The deal marks the first time that athletes from the North will compete in a South Korean Olympics, as North Korea boycotted the 1988 Olympics in Seoul.

The sole North Korean IOC member made the comments before flying back to Pyongyang after visiting Lausanne, where the IOC is headquartered. This was considered a benevolent North Korean gesture.

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

South Korea asked its neighbour to halt hostile acts that stoke tension on the peninsula, and in return, the North agreed that peace should be guaranteed in the region, the South's unification ministry said in a separate statement. South Korea is grouped with Sweden, Switzerland and Japan in the women's tournament.

Koreas to hold talks on sending Northern art troupe to Olympics