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North Korea likely to participate in Winter Olympics in South Korea

January 06, 2018 17:08 IST

IMAGE: The 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics mascot Soohorang, Paralympics mascot Bandabi and the Olympic Rings are displayed at the Gyeongpodae beach in Gangneung, South Korea. Photograph: Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

North Korea's representative at the International Olympic Committee said the country expects to send a figure skating pair to compete at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games in South Korea next month, Japan's Kyodo News reported on Saturday.


Chang Ung, a North Korean IOC member, told reporters at Beijing's International Airport that the North Korean pair "will probably participate," the news agency said.

Chang arrived in Beijing from Pyongyang and is believed to be headed to Switzerland to discuss with the IOC North Korea's participation in the games, Kyodo reported, citing an unnamed source.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year's Day speech that he would consider sending a delegation to the Winter Olympics.

Following the speech, North Korea on Wednesday reopened a long-closed border hotline with South Korea for talks.

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