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North Korea will send 22 athletes to Olympics

21 January 2018

A senior Cheong Wa Dae official made the remarks on Sunday, saying that the formation of the joint ice hockey team seems to have been arranged rationally.

But the DPRK's presence in Pyeongchang, just 80 kilometers south of the demilitarized zone that divides north and south, will prove historic, as it will be the first time the two Koreas compete as one.

The IOC said that the united Korean delegation would be led into the Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony under the Korean Unification Flag which would be carried by two athletes, one from each country. North Korea has been working on an operational ballistic missile submarine, which when completed and coupled with missiles developed using this barge platform, will provide a second leg to North Korea's nuclear deterrent enterprise - or offer a submersible platform from which to launch a first strike.

Randi Griffin knew she was doing something unique when she left North Carolina to play ice hockey for South Korea's national women's hockey program.

With a 140-piece orchestra, 230-strong performance squad and its athletes walking under a unified Korean flag, North Korea will be hoping to grab the limelight at next month's Winter Olympics. The two countries had already agreed on all of the terms but needed committee approval. The two also decided that North Korea would participate in figure skating, cross-country skiing and alpine skiing, in addition to hockey.

North and South Korea remain technically at war since the Korean war ended with armistice, not a peace treaty, in 1953.

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"Today marks the milestone on a long journey", said International Olympic Committee president Thomas Bach in a prepared declaration.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in has encountered an unexpected backlash against his effort to ease tensions on the peninsula through the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang. When asked if she remembers any impressive North Korean player, she simply said, "No".

This unprecedented display of Korean unity, moreover, is all the more symbolic for the fact it is taking place just 50 miles south of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) that separates the communist North from the democratic South.

But the musicians and other performers being sent by Pyongyang, like any North Korean artist allowed to appear overseas, will have been well-trained in propagandizing for the country's authoritarian regime.

But Moon's critics, including much of South Korea's generally conservative media, have argued that the North will use the Olympics as a propaganda opportunity, to try to weaken worldwide resolve over enforcing sanctions against the North for its nuclear programme.

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North Korea will send 22 athletes to Olympics