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South Korea proposes unified Olympic women's ice hockey team with North Korea

13 January 2018

This offer comes on the heels of a landmark deal between the warring nations that allows North Korea to send a delegation of athletes, fans, and high-ranking government officials to the South for the upcoming Olympics in Pyeongchang.

"The IOC is considering it", Chang Ung was quoted by Yonhap News Agency as saying at Beijing's Capital International Airport on his return from talks with IOC President Thomas Bach in Switzerland this week.

The South Korean defense ministry began preparations for military talks and is expected to propose a date and venue for the agreed-upon meeting via the restored inter-Korean military hotline later this week or next week."We have to start from easy issues and proceed gradually", a senior South Korean defense official said.

With the 2018 Olympics in Pyeongchang less than a month away, South Korea continues to offer olive branches to their northern neighbors.

The ministry said it will review the North's proposal and send a response.

During its first formal talks last week with South Korea in more than two years, North Korea agreed to send a delegation, including athletes and cheerleaders, to the February 9-25 games.

South Korea proposes unified Olympic women's ice hockey team with North Korea