Olympics: N. Korea says work cut out after talks with IOC

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Chang also told reporters at Beijing's worldwide airport that "the IOC is likely to consider" South Korea's proposal to form a joint women's ice hockey team and the size of North Korea's delegation to be sent to Pyeongchang will be decided by its national Olympic committee.

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe's visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation's athletes.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham has said he opposed inviting the North Korean delegation to the Games.

On Tuesday, North Korea confirmed it would join in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games which is scheduled for February 9 to 25, following Seoul's proposal that Pyongyang send a large delegation as well as a cheering squad to PyeongChang.

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The statement not only covers the North's participation in the Olympics, it also says that the two sides "agreed to collaborate in facilitating reconciliation and unity by easing military tensions, and to establish a peaceful environment", including by holding military talks.

The South has also offered to combine with the North for the opening and closing ceremonies, with the two countries marching together under a unified flag.

The figure skating pair Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik were the only North Korean athletes to qualify but missed the deadline to register for their event.

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