South and North Korea Agree to Enter Opening Ceremon



South and North Korea Agree to Enter Opening Ceremony of PyeongChang

Winter Olympics Together

 [Anchor]

 South and North Korea have finally come to an agreement to form a unified women's ice hockey team for the first time at the follow-up meeting of vice ministers.

 Furthermore, they also reached an agreement to enter the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics together under the unification flag for the first time in 11 years.

 Kim Hye-yeong has more.

 [Reporter]

 The delegates for the follow-up meeting of vice ministers from South and North Korea agreed to form the first-ever women’s ice hockey team.

 The delegates from South and North Korea agreed to form a unified team and adopted a joint press release to confirm the details at the three-party negotiations with the International Olympic Committee.

“As for the formation of a unified team, we discussed well enough to ensure that no harm will come to our athletes and to maintain the coach’s authority.”

 Furthermore, South and North Korea agreed to enter the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics together under the unification flag.

 This joint entrance of South and North Korea is the 10th time and the first in 11 years since the 2007 Asian Winter Games in Changchun.

 The two sides also agreed to hold a joint cultural event at Mt. Geumgang ahead of the Olympics and joint training of skiers at the skiing facilities at Masignyeong.

 “We suggested the joint cultural event at Mt. Geumgang and joint training at the skiing facilities in Masignyeong at the summit (9th). North Korea officially agreed to the details of our suggestion.”

 The two Koreas also agreed on dispatching a 230-person cheer squad from North Korea as well as agreeing to joint cheering with the cheer squad from South Korea.

 The route for the visiting delegates excluding high ranking officials and the art company to South Korea also was confirmed but North Korea cancelled dispatching an observer delegation.

 It was settled that the delegation from the People’s Olympics Committee along with the athletes, cheer squad, reporters and 30-person taekwondo demonstration squad will travel to South Korea via the Gyeongui Line on land.

 The North Korean athletes are scheduled to come to South Korea on Feb. 1 and the delegates from the People’s Olympics Committee, along with the cheer squad, taekwondo demonstration squad, and reporters, are due to arrive on Feb. 7.

 North Korea also decided to dispatch about 150 people as delegates to the Paralympics Committee along with the cheer squad, art company, and reporters for the PyeongChang Paralympics.

 Kim Hye-yeong reporting for Yonhap News TV.