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South Korea, US agree on denuclearisation talks with North Korea

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Patty Aguilar | 19 January, 2018, 12:37

North Korea had altogether boycotted Seoul 1988, the only previous Olympics on the divided peninsula. The IOC can offer special invitations.

However, Kim has set in motion a peace of sorts by reactivating the hotline with Seoul after two years and agreeing to participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in the South.

South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon said during a university lecture today that the two Koreas have agreed to add "five to six" North Korean players to a full squad of South Korean players.

A government spokesman has said that South Korea will ensure that any proposal for a joint women's hockey team with North Korea at the Winter Olympics will not have a negative impact on South Korean players.

Again, the IOC would have to sign off on the agreement, which would put South Korea over the maximum Olympic roster size. The sanctions would also be lifted in order to allow North Korean citizens to attend the Olympics.

Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono called on the global community to be clear-eyed about North Korea's motivations for participating in the talks, which have been hailed by some as the most significant thaw in ties in years.

It will be their tenth joint participation in worldwide sports events.

South Korea says the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in the South. But 20 nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons. During the meetings, Lim communicated the results of the series of high- and working-level talks the South has recently held with the North, the ministry said.

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But his grandson, current North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, seems to prefer the latter date.

The Trump has administration responded cautiously to the sudden sports diplomacy on the Korean peninsula.

South Korea's Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha said the talks were a "significant step" but acknowledged the serious challenges ahead: "Despite these overtures to improve relations with the South, North Korea has yet to show any intention to fulfill its worldwide obligations regarding denuclearization".

The IOC has said that Saturday's meeting would take a series of "essential decisions" on the North's participation at the Games that open in Pyeongchang on February 9.

President Moon aims to use progress in South-North dialogue as an entry point to resolving the nuclear issue.

For the United States, the fear has been that North Korea's gestures will drive a wedge between it and its ally, South Korea.

The summit on North Korea was jointly hosted by USA and Canada on Tuesday and was attended mostly by countries that supported Seoul during the 1950s Korean War against the North.

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