Two Koreas to march under 'unification flag' at 2018 Winter Olympic Games
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jan 19, 2018,
Jan 19, 2018, 13:13
The ski resort is reportedly mostly empty, and the North Koreans are allowing a South Korean team of inspectors to check the facilities before training begins for the two teams. It missed the registration deadlines, and now it is up to the International Olympics Committee to approve the proposal.
They plan to march together under the same blue-and-white Korean peninsula flag, marking the revival of an emblem of warmer ties between the old foes from years past.
"I have mixed feelings about this combination", she said in an email to The Canadian Press. He tried to placate the South Korean team by explaining that as hockey is played in short shifts, all players would get a turn on the ice.
If a joint hockey squad is realized, it would be the Koreas' first unified team in an Olympics.
Staring down pressures over the North's weapons program, Seoul has continued to proclaim the event a "Peace Olympics".
"Seoul also will seek sectoral talks with Pyongyang". "However, in the last couple of days, things have gotten much more serious".
"Both Koreas are primarily utilizing the talks for a limited objective - arranging the participation of a North Korean delegation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics", Park said.
The total North Korean delegation will reach about 400 to 500 counting North Korean Olympic Committee delegates, a Taekwondo demonstration team and reporters. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Condoleezza Rice speak at Stanford " The level of communications that goes on between ourselves, South Korea and China on this issue is pretty extraordinary", Tillerson said.
Kim continues to refuse to give up development of nuclear missiles capable of hitting the United States in spite of increasingly severe United Nations sanctions, raising fears of a new war on the Korean Peninsula. Canadians Danelle Im and Caroline Park are on the South Korea roster.
China was North Korea's main trading partner, but says it has implemented the United Nations sanctions regime. The South shut out the North 3-0.
The President of the General Assembly, Miroslav Lajcak, tweeted: "Heartened by reports that Koreans from DPRK & RoK will march together in @Olympics opening ceremony".