South Korea Says North Korea Will Send Athletes, Officials, Cheer Squad To Pyeongchang

In the meeting held after two years between South and North Korea, South Korea suggested a joint march of athletes of both countries at the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics.

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A senior South Korean official said North Korea will send a fleet of athletes, high-ranking officials, and cheer squad to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics held next month. South Korea confirmed North Korea’s participation during the talks held between two countries at Seoul on Tuesday.

The formal dialogue between two countries was held after nearly two years. The dialogue was proposed by South Korea, to which North Korea nodded approval, to lower tensions in Korean peninsula and determine participation of North Korea in Winter Olympics to be held at Pyeongchang.

To strengthen the bond between two Koreas, South Korea put forward a proposal to make athletes of both countries march together at the opening ceremony of Winter Olympics. Moreover, it suggested other activities between two nations.

The world has been taking a closer look at the dialogue in the wake of North Korea’s controversial missile program and Trump’s announcement of ‘fire and fury’.

Commenting on the talks taken place till Tuesday morning, Chun Hae-sung, South Korea’s vice unification minister said, “North Korea said that they are determined to make today’s talks fruitful, and make it a groundbreaking opportunity.”

Both countries have not yet began discussion over North Korea’s nuclear missile program. According to Chun, North Korean officials were open for reconciliation between the two nations through negotiation and dialogue.

Ri Son Gwon, The head of the North Korean delegation, outlined North Korea entered with serious and sincere stance in the discussion. He said, “We came to this meeting today with the thought of giving our brethren, who have high hopes for this dialogue, invaluable results as the first present of the year.”

Responding to his comments, Cho Myoung-gyon, South Korean Unification Minister said their talks began after a long time and it would be good for them to the first present by North Korea a ‘good present’.

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