North Korea's International Olympic Committee representative said Saturday there is still work left to be done for the country's participation in next month's Winter Olympic Games in South Korea.
The White House said Wednesday that Pence will attend the opening ceremonies of the games, scheduled for February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
The two Koreas, who are still technically at war, marched together at the opening ceremonies of the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the 2004 Athens Games and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin.North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, meaning Pyeongchang will be the first Olympics they have attended in the South.
The news followed a meeting earlier Wednesday between Olympic chief Thomas Bach and North Korea's IOC member Chang Ung on the practicalities of sending athletes to Pyeongchang.More news: Tadeu Marroco Buys 3 Shares of British American Tobacco plc (BATS) Stock
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Delegates from the communist regime and the staunch U.S. ally will hold high-level negotiations in the coming weeks, ironing out important details that will send North Korean athletes, media, and officials over the heavily guarded border between the warring nations. If a unified women's hockey team is formed, it will be the first unified Korean team in the 27 years since the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships and FIFA World Youth Championship, and the first ever in Olympic history.
It suggested a date of 15 January for a meeting with the South's three-member delegation led by vice minister Chun Hae-sung, to discuss the North's participation, the ministry said in a statement. Adding up to eight players from North Korea would bring the team entry list up to 31.
"We'll have to see with the International Skating Union (ISU), the International Ski Federation (FIS) and the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF)", the source said.
North Korea, however, has yet to give a response to the South Korean proposal, according to the ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs. One of eight countries participating the Pyeongchang women's ice hockey event, South Korea is part of Group B with Japan, Switzerland, and Sweden.