North Korea to attend Winter Olympics in South Korea

North Korea has announced it will send a delegation to February's Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.

On Tuesday the two countries held their first official talks in more than two years in a meeting in the demilitarised zone separating North from South.

The South Korean Vice Unification Minister, Chun Hae-sung, spoke to media after the discussion.

He says North Korea will send a party including officials, artists, journalists, a taekwondo team and a team of cheerleaders to the Winter Olympics, which open on February 9. 

It was unclear if North Korean athletes would be competing in the Games, reports AP.

The agreement has been interpreted as a diplomatic breakthrough after months of tension between the countries over the North Korean nuclear weapons programme.

The South Korean government hoped North Korea's presence at the Games would disincentivise leader Kim Jong-un from disrupting the event with a missile.

In particular, South Korea hopes Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik, a North Korean figure skating duo, will compete.

Chun says South Korea proposed the two countries march together for the Olympic opening and closing ceremonies.

He says South Korea proposed future peace talks to reduce animosity, as well as reuniting families who were separated as a result of the division between North and South.


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