Koreas to March Under One Flag at Olympics Opening Ceremony

Koreas to March Under One Flag at Olympics Opening Ceremony

If North Korea wants freedom from sanctions and acceptance from the global community, it must end its nuclear weapons program, Canada and some of its closest partners insisted Tuesday as they kicked off a major worldwide meeting aimed at ending Pyongyang's ongoing "nuclearization". "We hope that this experience gives North Korea and its athletes a small taste of freedom, and that rubs off and is something that spreads and impacts in these negotiations and in these conversations", Sanders said.

The agreement was reached at Wednesday's working-level talks between two Koreas in the border village of Panmunjom.

The two sides subsequently drew applause from global viewers with joint entrances under the Korean Peninsula flag at the 2002 Summer Asian Games in Busan, the 2003 Winter Asian Games in Aomori and Summer Universiade in Daegu, the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, the 2005 East Asian Games in Macau, and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.

The measures require approval by the International Olympic Committee.

The International Olympic Committee and the National Olympic Committees of the two Koreas must agree to combining the women's hockey teams before such a roster change can be made.

"And the agreement between South and North Korea must follow the IOC's standards".

The unification ministry announced a range of joint activities between the countries for the Games, following talks Wednesday at the demilitarized zone (DMZ).

The North has said its delegation would also include officials, athletes, journalists, an art troupe and a taekwondo demonstration team.


Mattis said that if the gathering of foreign ministers was unable to come up with a feasible plan to deal with North Korea, the next step would be to hold a meeting of the defense ministers of the relevant nations. The talks, the third round in less than 10 days, were arranged to discuss cooperation in next month's Pyeongchang Olympics.

North Korea will also participate in the Paralympics that immediately follow the winter games.

North Korea will bring along its orchestra to perform in the Games, and a joint women's ice hockey [VIDEO] team will add to the attraction.

The newspaper cautioned on its website that the South's decision to welcome a delegation of some 500 athletes and officials from the north "threatens to become a logistical nightmare".

In Lausanne, IOC President Thomas Bach will chair a meeting on Saturday with officials from both Koreas on North Korea's participation in the February 9-25 games in Pyeongchang. The clip shows emotional images of North and South Koreans, including footage of times they've cooperated during past athletic competitions. The International Skating Union awarded that entry to Japan, and said the IOC must approve any late entry and increase the competition quota.

North Korea agreed last week to send a delegation to the Olympics.

A flurry of Olympics-related meetings has provided a tentative thaw in long-strained ties between the Koreas.

Though the athletes competed as separate countries in 2000 and 2004 with their own uniforms, flags and national anthems, marching together itself had a symbolic meaning for inter-Korean reconciliation.

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