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Friday, January 12, 2018, 22:51
ROK offers working-level talks with DPRK on Winter Games
By Xinhua
Friday, January 12, 2018, 22:51 By Xinhua

Democratic People's Republic of Korea's chief delegate Ri Son-gwon (center) and his delegation cross the borderline to attend inter-Korea talks at the border truce village of Panmunjom on Jan 9, 2018. (AFP)

SEOUL - The Republic of Korea has offered to the Democratic People's Republic of Korea holding a working-level dialogue next week in the truce village of Panmunjom to discuss details on the DPRK's participation in the ROK-hosted Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said Friday.

During the upcoming talks, details on the DPRK's participation will be on the dialogue agenda

Seoul proposed earlier in the day to Pyongyang holding vice ministerial-level talks from 10:00 am local time on Jan 15 at Peace House, a ROK building in Panmunjom, which straddles the heavily guarded inter-Korean border.     

The proposal letter was sent via the inter-Korean hotline in Panmunjom, which has been restored since last week.    

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The three-member ROK delegation will be led by Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung.     

On Tuesday, the two countries held ministerial-level talks in Panmunjom, their first high-level dialogue in about two years, agreeing that the DPRK will join the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games slated to run from February to March in the ROK's eastern county of Pyeongchang.     

During the upcoming talks, details on the DPRK's participation will be on the dialogue agenda, such as how athletes and delegations from the DPRK would cross the inter-Korean border to Pyeongchang, how many DPRK delegations would come and where they will stay.

The ROK was forecast to call for the DPRK side to discuss issues on forming the unified team of the two countries in some sports competitions, cheering together and marching together during an opening ceremony. Seoul already proposed those issues to Pyongyang, according to local media reports. 

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