NoKor confirms Winter Olympics deal with SoKor

January 18, 2018, 11:16 am

PYONGYANG -- North Korea on Wednesday confirmed an agreement had been reached with South Korea on "the scale and action programs" of its participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the working level talks between North Korea and South Korea Wednesday at the Peace House on the southern side in Panmunjom truce village "thrashed out the practical matters arising in the successful holding of the 23rd Winter Olympics and adopted a joint press release."

"The joint release dealt with the scales and action programs of the north's National Olympic Committee delegation, sports team, cheer group, Taekwon-do demonstration group and press corps to take part in the 23rd Winter Olympics, the south's offer of the conveniences for them and the dispatch of a field survey delegation (by DPRK)," said KCNA.

The meeting, the third between the two sides in 10 days, was attended by a delegation from the north led by Jon Jong Su, vice-chairman of the Committee for Peaceful Reunification of the Country and a delegation from the south with Chun Hae-sung, vice-minister of Unification as its chief delegate, said KCNA.

The talks also resulted in agreement on cooperation with the International Olympic Committee as well as joint training of ski runners at the Masiryong Ski Resort later this month and joint cultural events to be held at Mountain Keumgang next month, both in North Korea, the KCNA said.

"Both sides will agree in the way of exchange of documents on such practical matters as dispatch of the north's Paralympic Committee delegation, sports teams, cheer group, art group and press corps to the Winter Paralympics," KCNA quoted the press release as saying.

Earlier, North Korea and South Korea had held a high level meeting last week and a working level meeting this week on the participation by Pyongyang in the Winter Olympics, reaching agreement on measures to be taken to ease tension on the Korean Peninsula and the dispatch of an art group to South Korea by North Korea during the games. (Xinhua)