North and South Korea to march together at Winter Olympics

North and South Korea to march together at Winter Olympics
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North and South Korea announced Wednesday that athletes from their countries will march together at the opening ceremony of the upcoming Winter Olympics.

They will also form a joint women’s ice hockey team, the first joint Olympic team from the two Koreas in history, The New York Times reported.

The games will take place in Pyeongchang, South Korea, putting the spotlight on the Korean peninsula where tensions are running high over the North’s expanded nuclear testing.

North Korea said earlier this month that it would send a delegation of more than 500 people to the Olympics, though only two figure skaters qualified to compete. The country will also send a delegation to the Paralympics later this spring.

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The countries have marched together in previous Olympic Games, under a blue-and-white flag depicting a unified Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year’s Day speech that he was open to diplomatic talks with the South for the first time in years.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want to use 'adversary' to describe Russia Comey urges Americans to vote for Democrats in midterms Roby wins Alabama GOP runoff, overcoming blowback from Trump criticism MORE, who has traded insults with Kim, said earlier this month that he has a “very good relationship” with the leader and wanted to see North Korea “involved” in the Olympics.