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Paddling for peace? S. Korea seeks joint canoe team at Asiad

Seoul - South Korea's canoe federation said Tuesday it has proposed forming a joint dragon boat team with North Korea, after the two nations agreed to compete together in some Asian Games events in a fresh show of rapprochement.

Koreas to form joint teams at Asian Games

Seoul - North and South Korea agreed Monday to form unified teams for some sports at the upcoming Asian Games -- a move which highlights the rapprochement on the peninsula that began with the Winter Olympics.

Loneliness of the long distance runners in North Korea

Pyongyang - A few hundred foreigners lined up in Kim Il Sung stadium Sunday for the Pyongyang marathon, less than half of last year's contingent with Western tourism to North Korea battered by nuclear tensions and a US travel ban.

Cheers as N. Korea rookies finish last in Paralympics debut

Pyeongchang - Two North Korean rookie skiers finished last as they made their country's Winter Paralympics debut in the South Sunday, but a flag-waving crowd cheered enthusiastically at the latest sign of an Olympics-fuelled rapprochement.

N. Korea 'could co-host winter Asiad', says sports official

Seoul - North Korea could co-host the 2021 Winter Asian Games with the South, a top Pyongyang sports official said Tuesday as the two countries' unified ice hockey team played its last Olympic match.

US, S. Korea to go ahead with Olympic-delayed drills

Seoul - The US and South Korea will go ahead with joint military drills after the Paralympics, both of them confirmed Tuesday, despite the exercises always infuriating Pyongyang and the Olympics having driven a rapprochement on the peninsula.

Kim Jong Un lookalike provokes North Koreans in Olympic melee

Pyeongchang - A Kim Jong Un lookalike who has been making mischief at the Pyeongchang Olympics danced in front of North Korea's female cheerleading team before being nabbed and hauled off by police on Wednesday.

It's not for you: smartphone ban for N. Korea, Iran Olympians

Seoul - North Korean and Iranian athletes at the Winter Olympics will not receive high-end smartphones being handed out to their fellow competitors because of UN sanctions, organisers said Wednesday.

N. Korean athletes to fly South for Winter Olympics

Seoul - North Korean skiers and skaters were due to arrive in the South Thursday to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Games, setting the stage for a "peace Olympics" after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

South Korean skiers in rare flight to North

Seoul - A group of South Korean skiers flew to North Korea on Wednesday ahead of the Winter Olympics to train with their rivals, on a rare direct flight after Washington exempted it from sanctions.

'Friendly and kind' N. Korean skaters in Olympic spotlight

Taipei - North Korea's figure skaters Ryom Tai-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik are "friendly and kind and a little bit shy", South Korea's Kim Kyueun said Tuesday ahead of their hugely anticipated Olympic appearance.

N. Korean arts delegation to visit South on Sunday: Seoul

Seoul - North Korea has informed Seoul it will send a delegation on Sunday to prepare cultural performances during the Winter Olympics, the South's unification minister said, a day after Pyongyang abruptly cancelled the visit.

All-female North Korea band leader set to visit South

Seoul - The leader of North Korea's all-female Western-style Moranbong band is set to head a delegation to the South Saturday to prepare cultural performances during the Olympics, Seoul said, becoming the first North Korean official to visit in four years.

Olympics' Korea moment: chance of detente or lost cause?

Seoul - Officials from North and South Korea meet with the International Olympic Committee in Lausanne on Saturday to set the seal on Pyongyang's participation in its neighbour's Winter Games.

Two Koreas agree to march together at Winter Olympics opening

Seoul - The two Koreas agreed Wednesday to march together under a single flag at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony and field a united women's ice hockey team at the Games in a further sign of easing tensions on the peninsula.

Two Koreas in talks on Winter Olympics athletes

Seoul - Officials from North and South Korea met Wednesday to discuss how many of Pyongyang's athletes will take part in next month's Winter Olympics, the latest in a flurry of cross-border talks.

Two Koreas in fresh talks on Winter Olympics

Seoul - North and South Korea began talks Monday on appearances by performers from Pyongyang's state-run artistic troupes at next month's Winter Olympics in the South, after the North agreed to attend the Games.

North Korea says will attend Olympics in rival South

Seoul - North Korea said it was willing to send athletes and a high-level delegation to the forthcoming Winter Olympics in the South on Tuesday as the rivals held their first official talks in more than two years after high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear we...

Koreas set for first official talks in two years

Seoul - A high-level South Korean delegation left Tuesday for rare talks with North Korea after months of tensions over the North’s nuclear weapons programme, with Seoul's chief delegate vowing to work towards improving long-strained ties.

N. Korea names delegates for inter-Korean talks

Seoul - North Korea has named its delegation for a rare high-level meeting with the South this week, the unification ministry in Seoul said Sunday, as Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe cautiously welcomed the talks.

Seoul offers high-level delegation for N. Korea talks

Seoul - South Korea has proposed sending a five-member delegation led by a government minister to rare talks with North Korea next week, the Unification Ministry in Seoul said Saturday.

Trump says willing to talk with North Korean leader

Sabillasville - US President Donald Trump said Saturday he would be willing to speak directly with Kim Jong-Un, voicing hope that rare talks between North and South Korea could help deescalate the crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear drive.

S. Korea well prepared if N. Korea attends Olympics: organisers

Seoul - Host South Korea is well prepared should North Korea decide to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, with a cruise ship ready to transport and accommodate its athletes, organisers said Wednesday.

S. Korea seeks US military drill delay for Olympics

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-In has proposed delaying annual joint military exercises with the US in an effort to reduce tensions with the nuclear-armed North during next year's Winter Olympics.

S. Korea welcomes 'special' Olympic skaters from North

Seoul - South Korean organisers of next year's Winter Olympics welcomed Saturday the "special" qualifying of figure skaters from the North, as Seoul seeks to promote its isolated neighbour's participation as a key part of the "Peace Games".

Blown apart: the divided world of taekwondo

Pyongyang - As time ticked away in the final bout of the taekwondo championships in Pyongyang, the North Korean women fighters counted down anxiously, leaping up to hug each other tearfully when their compatriot secured the team sparring gold and the title of worl...

Not so jolly hockey sticks for North Korean sports

Pyongyang - When North Korea's ice hockey team arrived in Auckland for an international tournament carrying battered wooden sticks, organisers stepped in to provide high-tech carbon fibre equipment.

S. Korea president invites N. Korea to Pyeongchang Olympics

Seoul - South Korean President Moon Jae-in on Saturday invited North Korea to the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, saying sports could serve as a peace maker.

North and South Korea face off on Pyongyang football field

Pyongyang - South Korea's flag flew and its anthem sounded in Pyongyang on Friday as its women's football team played out a 1-1 draw with their neighbours, in the first ever competitive soccer match between the two countries hosted by the North.

Defector ice hockey star torn ahead of Korean face off

Seoul - When the North and South Korean women's hockey teams clash in a rare match this week, defector-turned-star-player Hwangbo Young will cheer for the country that has labelled her a traitor.
 

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