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Rival Koreas agree to form first unified Olympic team
by Hyung-Jin Kim

The Associated Press    Translate This Article
17 January 2018

On 17 January 2018 The Associated Press reported: The rival Koreas agreed Wednesday (17 January) to form their first unified Olympic team and have their athletes parade together for the first time in 11 years during the opening ceremony of next month's Winter Olympics in South Korea, officials said. The agreements still require approval from the International Olympic Committee. But they are the most prominent steps toward rapprochement achieved by the Koreas since they recently began exploring cooperation during the Olympics following a year of heightened tension over the North's nuclear weapons program. Global Good News service views this news as a sign of rising positivity in the field of world peace, documenting the growth of life-supporting, evolutionary trends.

During their third day of talks at the border in about a week, senior officials reached a package of agreements . . . Ahead of the Olympics, the Koreas will hold a joint cultural event at the North's scenic Diamond Mountain and have non-Olympic skiers train together at the North's Masik ski resort, according to the statement. It said the North also plans to send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics in March. . . . The agreements are highly symbolic and emotional.

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