The most dramatic sign of adjustment in a decade between South Korea and North Korea was shown on Wednesday when both countries agreed that their players will march together under one flag at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics coming month. Along with this, they also agreed on fielding a joint women’s ice hockey team.
Seoul has stated previously that it believed that a progress like this could add to a political coldness after decades of great stresses over the North Korea’s nuclear and missile experiments.
The Winter Olympics Games this year is scheduled to begin on Feb. 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The women’s ice hockey team is supposed to be the first joined Korean team for the Olympics, and the first unified team since their athletes played together for an international table-tennis championship and a youth soccer tournament in 1991.
The two countries’ players will walk at the opening ceremony following a “unified Korea” flag that confers a single Korean Peninsula, mediators from both parties announced in a common news statement following reports at the border village of Panmunjom. The North will send 230 fans to the Games, and mediators acknowledged that fans of both Koreas would root collectively for players from both nations.
The view of North and South Koreans supporting collectively gives a remarkable variation to the overblown composition of probable battle from North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un and President Trump of the United States, South Korea’s main ally.
Mr. Trump has cautioned the North with “fire and fury like the world has never seen” should it put the safety of Americans and their allies at risk. Mr. Kim has called Mr. Trump a lunatic.
The Olympics understanding could benefit President Moon Jae-in of South Korea, who has been struggling for a discussion and agreement with the North.
Some anticipate that the breakthrough will start with a swift breakthrough in the years-old deadlock over the North’s nuclear weapons agenda. But it presented a pleasant respite for South Koreans who have grown both anxious and fatigued over the stresses and rumors of a probable battle in the peninsula.