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American IOC member mulls Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Korean hockey team

American IOC member mulls Nobel Peace Prize nomination for Korean hockey team
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An American member of the International Olympic Committee said she believes the unified Korean Olympic hockey team should be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“I would love the team to get the Nobel Peace Prize,” former hockey player and Olympic gold medalist Angela Ruggiero told Reuters.

“Seriously, the team. Something that is recognizing the sacrifice they made to adjusting their competitions,” she continued. 

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“As someone who competed in four Olympics and knows it isn’t about you, your team, or your country, I saw the power of what it did last night," she said. 

Relations between Pyongyang and the international community have declined over the past year amid the country's developing nuclear and ballistic weapons programs. 

The U.S. and the United Nations Security Council have slapped a series of sanctions on North Korea after repeated intercontinental ballistic missile launches. 

But North Korea's relationship with South Korea improved ahead of the winter games in Pyeongchang, with the two nations forming a combined team to compete. 

The two countries are technically at war, and Seoul has been on high alert as its northern neighbor has made a series of threats toward the U.S. and its allies. 

Kim Yo Jong, who is the sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is attending the games, making her the first member of the ruling dynasty to set foot in the South since the Korean War.