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Joint Press Release of Inter-Korean Working-Level Talks

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Joint Press Release of Inter-Korean Working-Level Talks

South and North Korea held working-level talks regarding the North’s participation in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics and Paralympics at Panmunjeom 「Peace House」 on January 17. South and North Korea agreed as follows :

1. The number of participating North Korean athletes and their participating events at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will be decided through negotiation between the IOC and the National Olympic Committees of the two Koreas.

2. South and North Korea will march in together at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics opening ceremony with the Korean unification flag, and will organize a joint North-South women’s ice hockey team. This will be decided through negotiations between the IOC and National Olympic Committees of the two Koreas.

3. North Korea will dispatch a cheering squad of around 230 members. They will cheer for events of the PyeongChang Olympics as well as games of South and North Korean athletes, and will jointly cheer with the South’s cheering squad. South and North Korea will guarantee activities of the General Association of Korean Residents in Japan(Chongryon)’s cheering squad.

4. North Korea will send around 30 Taekwondo demonstrators. The demonstration team will perform in PyeongChang and Seoul, and consultations for settling specific dates of the demonstrations will continue.

5. North Korea will dispatch a press corps that is necessary to cover events of the athletes, cheering squad, and Taekwondo demonstrators at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. South Korea will provide support for the North Korean press corps’ activities, and the range of support for media coverage of the Winter Olympics will be decided through consultations between the IOC and National Olympic Committees of the two Koreas.

6. North Korea’s National Olympic Committee delegation, athletes, cheering squad, Taekwondo demonstrators, and journalists will come and go through the land route of the Gyeongui Line. Athletes will visit the South on February 1, followed by North’s National Olympic Committee delegation, cheering squad, Taekwondo demonstrators, and journalists on February 7. The returning date of each group may vary and will be carried out at a convenient time after going through consultations between the two Koreas.

7. The North will dispatch a preliminary team from January 25 to 27 to inspect stadiums and local facilities needed for activities of the athletes, Taekwondo demonstrators, and press corps.

8. North Korea will dispatch around 150 National Paralympic Committee delegates, athletes, cheering and performing squads, and journalists to the Winter Paralympics, and further negotiations pertaining to such matters will continue.

9. South and North Korea will hold a joint culture event at the North side of Mt. Geumgang and hold a joint training session of South-North skiers at North Korea’s Masikryong Ski Resort before the PyeongChang Winter Olympics. South Korea will send a preliminary inspection team to check facilities from January 23 to 25.

10. North Korea’s delegation will follow the South’s guidance and procedures, and South Korea will guarantee the safety and convenience of North Korea’s delegation.

11. Further specific matters regarding the North’s participation to the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, joint culture event at Mt. Geumgang, and dispatch of a preliminary inspection team will be discussed in the form of document exchange through the Panmunjeom communications channel.


January 17, 2018
Panmunjeom

*Unofficial translation