International Olympic Committee to decide on N.Korea in 2018 Winter Games

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The meeting was called following a joint proposal by the North and South Korea on Tuesday, Xinhua news agency reported.

They also discussed having athletes from both countries march together at the opening ceremony for the Pyeongchang Games, which begin on 9 February. The North has yet to respond to that offer as well.

"There were things which went well and did not go well", Chang Ung said following his discussions of North Korea's plan to join the games with IOC President Thomas Bach and other officials in Switzerland.

The statement not only covers the North's participation in the Olympics, it also says that the two sides "agreed to collaborate in facilitating reconciliation and unity by easing military tensions, and to establish a peaceful environment", including by holding military talks.

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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.

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.

Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff, said Pence would travel to the Olympics "to reinforce the strong USA presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime". From left: Kim Ju-sik of North Korea, Kim Kyu-eun of South Korea, Ryom Tae-ok of North Korea and Kam Kang-chan of South Korea.

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