North And South Korea Agree To Form Joint Team, Will March Together At Olympic Opening Ceremony

In a decision that Yonhap called an "unprecedented breakthrough", North and South Korea have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and will march together under a unified flag during the opening ceremony. The two Koreas agreed to form a joint women's ice hockey team to take part in the Winter Olympics to be held February 9-25 in Pyeongchang, the two countries announced Wednesday.

Seoul's Unification Ministry said the agreement was during talks on Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom, after the North agreed to make its first appearance in the Olympic games in the South. North Korea boycotted the last Olympics held in the South in 1988.

 

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Pictures of South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader
Kim Jong-un seen on a sign during a rally on Tuesday

The Seoul ministry said athletes from the two Koreas will march together under a 'unification flag' depicting their peninsula during the opening ceremony.

The rival nations have formed joint sports teams only twice before, both times in 1991, when they participated together in a youth soccer tournament and a table-tennis championship. Previous negotiating sessions designed to send a joint team to the Olympics were not successful the VOA reported.

 

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Korea flag-bearer's Bora Lee and Jong-In Lee, carrying a unification flag
during the 2006 Winter Olympics

The International Olympic committee is slated to meet on January 20 at its Switzerland headquarters to discuss the details of the joint team as well as the North's participation in the Games.

The two Koreas have been pressing ahead with a flurry of projects to cooperate in the Olympics since North Korean leader Kim Jong-un abruptly said in a New Year's speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the games.  

Critics say Kim's overture is an attempt to use improved ties with Seoul to weaken U.S.-led international sanctions on the North while buying time to perfect his nuclear weapons program. But the moves nevertheless have provided a temporary thaw in the Koreas' long-strained ties and fostered optimism that he North won't launch any new provocations, at least during the Olympics.

South Korea's president previously announced his support of a proposal for the rivals' first unified Olympic team.  The North's participation in the Olympics 'will serve as a chance to warm solidly frozen South-North ties,' President Moon Jae-in said during a visit with South Korean Olympic athletes, quoted by The Daily Mail.

'But if we march together (during the opening ceremony) or field a single team, I think that can be a further step in developing South-North relations.'

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lester1 Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:19 Permalink

North Korea has gulags, slave labor camps, and political prisons. North Koreans are starving and are eating people! Yes people!.. But hey, go ahead and hold hands and pretend everything is ok.

 

South Koreans are a bunch of pussies!

JuliaS ne-tiger Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:02 Permalink

How many wars would there be if we kept our noses out of other people's business? Disband NATO, stop bombing the Middle East, but don't give them weapons either. Don't sanction. Don't threaten. Don't intimidate.

Sure, wars will continue. It's human nature to mess in other people's affairs, but intuition tells me the scope of conflict would've been entirely different if individuals and countries were allowed to conduct their trade unopposed.

Just an opinion mixed with with wishful thinking.

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MEFOBILLS lester1 Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:45 Permalink

North Korea has gulags, slave labor camps, and political prisons

 

Hey Lester, did you go there and see this for yourself?  Do you believe everything the lying ((media)) tells you?

Also, if a country wants to do things it's own way, then let them.  I guess you are not for freedom?  Countries cannot be nationalist, and people groups cannot be allowed to congregate? sarc

Is North Korea going around invading everybody, doing drone killings, and manipulating foreign governments. 

Computer robots infesting discussion boards may be the next thing.  A robot can read a first posting at ZH, then supply a response faster than humans.   

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roddy6667 lester1 Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:48 Permalink

North Korea does not have as many prisons or prisoners as America. No country has a higher percentage of its citizens jailed than the US. Also, the conditions in many American prisons meet the international definition of torture. Americans need to STFU. Also, the famine was a decade ago. Now the farmers have crop surpluses and can sell up to a third of it on the open market, a process called capitalism.

Go back to your bunker and return to jerking off to your 1956 Cold War propaganda.

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Michigander roddy6667 Wed, 01/17/2018 - 11:02 Permalink

You are fucking delusional. Our prisons are a hotel compared to the NORKS. Listen to the people that have escaped.

Fucking tapeworms in the bowels of soldiers.

Eating grass to stay alive

No sanitary products. Women who even have periods in spite of malnutrition have to wash their bloody rags at night to avoid embarrasement.

The only fat fuck in the country is the dear leader.

We’re no global model by any means. Yea we, gave them the nuke technology, yes we threaten them, yes they want nukes to protect their sovereignty, but cmon…call a spade a spade would you?

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MEFOBILLS Michigander Wed, 01/17/2018 - 13:07 Permalink

We didn't give NK nuke technology, they intially got it from Pakistan.  Pakistan got it from China.  China got it from Russia.

Russia got it from Jews involved in U.S. nuclear complex during WW2.  It turns out there was communist traitors in the U.S.  How do you think Russia got nuclear proficient so fast after WW2?  It was the Jews.  

North Korean communism is not bolshevism, it is not INTERNATIONAL banking.  It is closer to Stalinism, which had a nationalist character.  The cold war was mostly bull-shit, as the bolshevists had been beaten down by then, and the slav's had started taking their country back.

Let's look at the real ((spades)) shall we.

 

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MEFOBILLS roddy6667 Wed, 01/17/2018 - 12:59 Permalink

 Now the farmers have crop surpluses and can sell up to a third of it on the open market, a process called capitalism.

 

U.S. and South Korean military exercises are ALWAYS at sensitive crop harvest time.  NK has to divert human resources toward the military and away from harvest, and thus "West" is trying to induce NK starvation.  It's disgusting behavior of the west.  This is one of the main complaints NK has about the U.S. exercises, but you know- not a peep about it in the ((press)).

Lester is either a computer robot, or he has drunk cool-aide to become a zombie.  It is pretty hard on "regular" folks to become red-pilled, they prefer their cozy blankets of ignorance.  Then they get mad when you start poking at their house of cards.

He shouldn't come to ZH unless he wants to be man-handled.  This is not a place for weak little girls, feminazis and cucks.

 

 

 

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NoDebt Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:20 Permalink

Trump just began the reunification of Korea.  They'll never let him live this down.  This is what you call a gigantic foreign policy failure inside the beltway.

 

Bob NoDebt Wed, 01/17/2018 - 09:34 Permalink

Looks like success to me. 

Demolition of the Empire is the best I could wish for going into the last elections.  I recognized Trump's great potential, but he's delivering beyond my wildest dreams. 

We'll find our proper status as a murderous pariah nation much sooner with the Orange Messiah leading the way. 

No sarcasm in any of that, btw. 

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