North And South Korea To Unite Under One Flag And Form First Ever Joint Olympic Team

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North and South Korea are in talks to create a joint ice hockey team in next month’s Winter Olympics.

The separated nations have never competed under one flag at the Games.

Spokesman for South Korea’s Unification Ministry, Baik Tae-hyun, said the two sides were discussing an inter-Korean women’s ice hockey team.

Officials from Seoul and Pyongyang sat down Monday for a meeting about the notion.

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The two Koreas have previously competed under separate flags at major sporting events since the end of the Second World War.

They marched under the same flag at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games. South Korean fans are even known to support their northern compatriots.

The two nations, meeting at the demilitarised zone (DMZ), are expected to hammer out detail how the secluded communist nation can take part in the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea, however no exact agenda has been disclosed, CNN reports.

Just last year, the North Korean women’s ice hockey team was cheered on by spectators when they played in South Korea.

More to follow.