North Korea will have 22 athletes at Pyeongchang Olympics — IOC

Herbert Rhodes
January 22, 2018

North Korean logistics officials arrived in South Korea on Sunday after a previous cancellation briefly cast doubts on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics.

"The Olympic spirit is about respect, dialogue and understanding", Bach added following the announcement in Lausanne.

Olympics organizers have welcomed the agreement between the two Koreas to unite athletes at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, and promised that "much more exciting initiatives" promoting Korean unity will emerge this weekend. The other North Korean athletes will compete in figure skating, Alpine skiing, cross-country skiing and short track speed skating.

IOC President Thomas Bach confirmed that the two nations would march together at the opening ceremony on February 9.

But the North's official Korean Central News Agency hinted at the source of its anger by lashing out at conservatives in South Korea who have argued that the North's Olympic participation could violate United Nations sanctions.

With some North Korean athletes missing registration deadlines, the International Olympic Committee has granted them special permission to allow them to compete.

It would be the first time both Korean Olympic committees compete in a single team.

Hyon's arrival came hours after the International Olympic Committee allowed 22 North Korean athletes to take part in the Olympics in exceptional entries given to the North.

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North Korea's delegation, including sports minister Kim Il Guk, did not stay to brief media after signing the agreement for the cameras.

"The Olympic Games are always about building bridges, they never erect walls".

It came as a pleasant surprise to the world - perhaps the U.S. apart - when the porky lunatic Kim Jong-un announced that a handful of athletes, plus dignitaries and some undoubtedly entertaining singers and dancers would cross the border and perform.

But the South Korean Unification Ministry announced an unprecedented range of joint activities between the countries for the Games following talks Wednesday at the Demilitarized Zone.

North Korea said the remarks it took issue with were in the vein of "the USA desperately trying to reverse the trend of detente and improvement of inter-Korean relations, which is hardly achieved now", seemingly referring to the apparent diplomatic breakthrough surrounding the Winter Olympics, according to a statement from the Permanent Mission of the DPRK to the United Nations.

In a survey of 1,200 adults released by Seoul National University in October, 53.8 percent of the respondents said they supported the idea of reunification.

An advance inspection team for the art troupe will travel from North Korea on Sunday, the ministry said Saturday.

The two Koreas yesterday chose to march under a single flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics to be held in South Korea later this year.

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