North Korea agrees to send delegation to South Korea’s Winter Olympics

The Olympic Rings being placed at the Gyeongpodae beach, near the venue for the Speed Skating, Figure Skating and Ice Hockey ahead of the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympic Games on October 30, 2017 in Gangneung, South Korea.

North Korea first expressed interest in joining the Pyeonchang Games during the New Year

North Korea has agreed to send a delegation of officials, athletes, cheerleaders, and journalists to next month’s Winter Olympics in South Korea, South Korean Deputy Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung said Tuesday. The breakthrough came during the first direct high-level talks in more than two years between the two countries. The discussions were hastily set up after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year’s Day speech that the two countries needed to work on restarting a dialogue. South Korean President Moon Jae-in said the Winter Olympic Games presented a “groundbreaking chance” to improve relations, which have been increasingly strained over North Korea’s recent missile and nuclear weapons tests.

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