Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC

North Korea threatens to pull out of Winter Olympics Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC
Patty Aguilar | 13 January, 2018, 11:51

"We plan to consult with North Korea as soon as possible if both sides could set the date for the talks", Baik Tae-hyun, the ministry spokesman, told a press briefing, today, reported the Korea herald. South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes. The North has yet to respond to that offer as well.

North Korea has agreed to take part in the games in South Korea.

Separately, the International Olympic Committee has proposed a meeting on January 20 at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, involving the rival Koreas to discuss North Korea's participation in Pyeongchang.

It would not be the first time the two Koreas have fielded joint teams.

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A senior South Korean official said on Friday that Seoul is seeking to form a joint women's ice hockey team with North Korea to participate in next month's Winter Olympics being hosted by the South.

Roh said he would seek International Olympic Committee support for the ice hockey proposal and hoped other countries taking part in the competition would give a unified Korean team their blessing.

During its first formal talks last week with South Korea in more than two years, North Korea agreed to send a delegation, including athletes and cheerleaders, to the February 9-25 games.

Hopes of North Korean participation in Pyeongchang rose after the regime's leader, Kim Jong-un, said on New Year's Day he was willing to discuss sending athletes.

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