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Olympic message of hope from North and South Korea

North Korea military drills GETTY ON THE BRINK More than 1,000 troops are preparing to be moved overseas
Kayla Schwartz | 19 January, 2018, 12:50

If confirmed, this will mark the first time athletes from the two countries have ever competed together at the Olympic Games.

The talk happens one month prior to the Winter Olympics held in Pyeongchang, South Korea regarding the situation and unity of the two countries. And, North Korea plans on sending a delegation of 230 supporters to the Olympic games to cheer on both teams.

North Korea will compete in four different events at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, according to the top organizer. It said the North also plans to send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics in March.

US officials have reported a debate within the Trump administration over whether to give more active consideration to military options, such as a pre-emptive strike on a North Korean nuclear or missile site. The US military has set up semi-permanent shop in the south, and with rising worldwide tensions, specifically between the Korean leader, Kim, Jong-Un and President Donald Trump, the nations are a hotbed of action these days. However, it was former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice who turned the conversation to the on-going tension with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. In fact, representatives from one nation close to the peninsula believe that North Korea's willingness to talk proves that the hard line that the worldwide community is taking is working.

International Olympic Committee officials are set to meet on January 20 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The committee said in statement Wednesday that it has "taken note of a number of interesting proposals from different sources".

Even though the joint hockey team is an Olympic first, it's won't be the first time a unified Korean team has marched together.

US military drills in Korea
GETTY PRIMED AND READY The US has already deployed warplanes to the peninsula

The tournament will be hosted in Pyeongchang, South Korea, starting February 9.

However the USA secretary of state, Rex Tillerson, as well as the Japanese government, warned the world not to be taken in by a "charm offensive" from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

But the moves have provided a temporary thaw in the Koreas' long-strained ties and fostered optimism that North Korea won't launch any new provocations, at least during the Olympics.

The development comes amid talks aimed at reducing tensions between the two nations, which are technically at war since 1953.

On Saturday, the Olympic governing body will convene a four-party meeting to work out all the details relating to North Korean participation in the upcoming Winter Games.

US President Donald Trump complained on Wednesday that Russian Federation was helping North Korea to evade global sanctions, signaling frustration with a country he had hoped to forge friendly relations with after his 2016 election win.

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