Athletes of the two Koreas could march together behind the Korean Unification flag at the opening of the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics if the sides agree on a joint entrance, Seoul's sports minister said Monday. This was reported by Yonhap agency.
"The discussion is still ongoing, but the Korean Unification flag will be raised at the opening when a joint entrance is agreed upon," Sports Minister Do Jong-hwan said during a meeting with lawmakers at the National Assembly, referring to the white flag with the Korean Peninsula colored in blue in the center.
The minister said the Korean Unification flag can be used in the opening ceremony and other universal Olympic events. During competitions, the Taegeukki will be hoisted to represent South Korea.
The IOC will convene a meeting with officials from the two Koreas in Lausanne, Switzerland, this week to discuss details of the North's participation.
The reconciliatory moves came as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un extended a rare offer of rapprochement toward Seoul in his New Year's Day message following the North's nuclear and missile tests. Seoul said that it agreed to provide necessary support for the North's delegation.
South Korea also proposed assembling a joint women's hockey team with North Korea at the Olympics. The IOC is reviewing the idea.
As it was reported earlier, the leader of the DPRK Kim Jong-un called on North and South Korea to improve relations. In his address, Kim Jong-un the two countries shouldn’t always look into their past.
It’s also noted that now it’s important to “create the atmosphere of national reconciliation and union”. Moreover, the North Korean leader called on solving the crisis in joint efforts, but without mediators.