International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach was optimistic about President Moon Jae-in's proposal to field a joint Korean team at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
Bach arrived in Korea on Thursday for the closing ceremony of the World Taekwondo Championships in Muju, North Jeolla Province and said Moons' proposal is "in the spirit of the Olympism."
He said he has already invited North Korea to take part in the Pyeongchang Olympics. Moon expressed hope last week to see a joint Korean team.
But Chang Ung, the North's sole IOC member, remains pessimistic. "Easier said than done," he said when reporters asked him about the plan. Chang had earlier pointed out that it took months of negotiations to put the team together in 1991.