2 Koreas to March Together at Pyeongchang Olympics

  • By Lee Yong-soo

    January 16, 2018 09:15

    Athletes from the two Koreas could march together behind a "unification" flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang next month, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Do Jong-whan said Monday.

    "Athletes from both Koreas marched together at international sports events about nine times so far," Do said in the National Assembly. "Peace on the Korean Peninsula through sports is a value that the Olympics are pursuing."

    But the issue needs to be discussed not only between Seoul and Pyongyang but also with the International Olympic Committee.

    South and North Korean officials including Hyon Song-wol (second from left) enter a room at the truce village of Panmunjom in Paju, Gyeonggi Province on Monday. /Yonhap

    Meanwhile, officials from the two Koreas met in the truce village of Panmunjom and agreed that North Korea's 140-member Samjiyon Orchestra will perform in Seoul and Gangneung during the Olympics.

    The venues are to be decided.

    They will meet again on Wednesday to discuss other details of North Korea's participation in the Olympics.

    The Unification Ministry admitted it has no idea what exactly the Samjiyon Orchestra is. A ministry official said it could be a new name for the Samjiyon Band, which belongs to the Mansudae Art Troupe "or was hastily launched ahead of the ongoing cross-border talks."

    The Samjiyon Band was launched in January 2009 at the orders of former leader Kim Jong-il.

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