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North and South Korea to have same flag in Winter Olympics

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North and South Korea to have same flag in Winter Olympics

The countries held talks after two years of political tension, and will have a unified flag.

North and South Korea will march under the same flag during the opening ceremony at next month’s Winter Olympic, which will be held in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang. This is a step in starting talks between the two countries after years of political tension. Technically still at war, the countries will also have a joint women’s hockey team.

"We exchanged opinions on the extent and routes of the North Korean delegation, cooperative performance at the opening ceremonies, a joint [women's] hockey team formation, South and North Korean cultural events and participation in Winter Paralympic Games in  Pyeongchang,"  the South Korean Ministry of Unification reported .

The flag which will represent the two countries will be used only during the Olympics. It has a picture of the blue Korea peninsula with a white background. The flag was also used by the teams of the two countries in Olympic ceremonies in Sydney 2000, Athens 2004 and Turin 2006.

In early January, the Minister of Unification in South Korea, Cho Myung-gyun, had agreed on the proposal of the North Korean Leader, Kim Jong-un, for negotiations on North Korea’s participation in 2018 Winter Olympics.

On 9 January, the first direct negotiations in two years took place between the North and South. The negotiations also discussed China’s participation in the Winter Olympics, Korean families’ reunification and denuclearisation on the peninsula. However, the main goal was clear:  

 "Both Koreas are primarily utilising the talks for a limited objective -- arranging the participation of a North Korean delegation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics," said John Park, director of the Korea Working Group at the Harvard Kennedy School.

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Friday, January 19, 2018 - 10:34