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North Korea to participate in the South Korean Olympics

Both countries have met for the first time in two years, after a period of strong tensions

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North Korea to participate in the South Korean Olympics

North Korea will participate in Winter Olympics in South Korea next month. This has been confirmed by vice minister of sourn unification, Chun Hae-sung, at conclusion of first round of talks between two countries for two years. Some conversations that, with declared objective of dealing with Olympics, had as a backdrop will, at least by south, to give shelve to a stage of enormous tension and start a gradual thaw between two countries that technically follow in War. Pyongyang, as Chun has said to journalists, will send a delegation composed of athletes, senior officials, artists and fans.

One of proposals that South Korea has raised at meeting, almost two and a half hours in length, has been that both delegations parade toger at inauguration of PyeongChang games.

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The meeting, which had generated great anticipation and began at 10.00 hours (2.00 in Spain), lasted almost two and a half hours and developed in an environment. The Presidents of respective delegations, South Korean minister of Unification Cho Myoung-Gyon and Ri Son-Gwon, who at head of North Korean Committee for Peaceful Reunification of Korea, opened meeting with a handshake. Each team was made up of five people.

The historic meeting came after several gestures of détente between two countries, triggered by a surprising change of tone by North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, who advocated improving ties with south and sending a delegation to games to be inaugurated February 9th.

"I come in hope that two Koreas will hold talks with a sincere and faithful attitude," North Korean delegate said in his inaugural address. The Pyongyang envoy underlined that Korean people "Harbor great Expectations" around meeting. The South Korean minister of unification called for talks "with determination and persistence" and recalled that this meeting occurs in a context in which bilateral relations are "very worn out," reports agency YONHAP. "People have a strong desire to see north and South working towards peace and reconciliation," he added.

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