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South and North Korea will be under the same flag at the Winter Olympics

After discussions, North and South Korea will form their first joint Olympic team and march together at the opening ceremony at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, next month. They also will field a joint women's ice hockey team. North Korea will send a 550-member delegation to the games, which includes 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 taekwondo players for a demonstration.

North and South Korean skiers will train together at a resort in North Korea before the Olympics start, and performers from the two countries will also hold a joint cultural event there. Officials have also agreed that a 140-piece orchestra from North Korea will perform in the South during the Olympics. North Korea will also send around 230 supporters to cheer on its athletes.

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The International Olympics Committee (IOC) would need to approve the countries' agreements. To be noticed, ironically North and South Korea are still technically at war with each other, as the 1950-53 conflict between the two states ended in a truce, not peace. What is the truth now ? Despite a slight thawing of tensions, Japan has warned that the world should not be naive about the North's "charm offensive". "The fact that North Korea is engaging in dialogue could be interpreted as proof that the sanctions are working," Japan believes. More than 100 petitions have been sent to South Korea's presidential Blue House website opposing a joint Olympics team. One of them has more than 11,000 signatures.

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