North Korea to Send Athletes, Delegation to Winter Olympics in South Korea

| JAN 9, 2018 | 1:47 PM
South and North Korea Hold High-level Talks In Panmunjom

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Amid rising tensions over its continued pursuit of nuclear weapons, North Korea on Tuesday agreed to send a large delegation to February’s Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, according to Reuters.

The agreement came during breakthrough talks between the North and South at the border village of Panmunjom, during which the rogue nation's negotiators accepted the South's request to send a delegation to the Olympic games.

North Korea will also send athletes, a cheering squad, and a performance-art troupe.

The news follows reports that the two bordering nations had agreed to talks ahead of the Winter Olympics, which North Korea has not participated in for eight years.

During the talks between North and South Korea, the chairman of North Korea's Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland, Ri Son Gwon, said, “We came to this meeting with the thought of giving our brethren, who have high hopes for this dialogue, invaluable results as the first present of the year.”

“This winter has seen more snowstorms than ever, and rivers and mountains across the country are frozen,” he added. “It would not be an exaggeration to say that inter-Korean ties were even more frozen, but public yearning for improved relations was so strong that today’s precious event was brought about."

In a tweet last week, President Donald Trump took responsibility for the reignited talks between the two nations. “Does anybody really believe that talks and dialogue would be going on between North and South Korea right now if I wasn’t firm, strong and willing to commit our total 'might' against the North,” Trump said. “Fools, but talks are a good thing!”

Trump previously made headlines after alleging he had a “much bigger” and “more powerful” nuclear launch button than Kim Jong Un.