North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South after rare talks

North Korea to send delegation to Olympics in South after rare talks

- in US
110

SEOUL, South Korea — North Korea will send a delegation of officials and athletes to the Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said after the first high-level talks between the countries in more than two years.

Deputy Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung, who was part of the South Korean team at the summit in the border town of Panmunjom, said the government of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un accepted South Korea’s request that the North send a delegation of athletes to the games, which open Feb. 9 in PyeongChang.

The sensitive discussions were closed to outside observers.




Image: South Korean Unification Ministry stills / Inter-Korean talks

South Korean Unification Minister and chief delegate Cho Myoung-gyon, left, shakes hands with North Korea’s chief delegate Ri Son-gwon prior to their meeting on January 9, 2018 in the truce village of Panmunjom, North Korea.