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North Korea said it will send senior officials and athletes to the Olympics, South Korea says

Officials from South Korea and North Korea meet to discuss the North's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Handout: South Korean Ministry of Unification
Officials from South Korea and North Korea meet to discuss the North's participation in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

North Korea said during rare talks with the South it will send a delegation of high-ranking officials, athletes and a cheering squad to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, a senior South Korean official said on Tuesday.

Seoul proposed inter-Korean military talks to reduce tensions on the Korean peninsula and a reunion of family members in time for February's Lunar New Year holiday, said South Korea's vice unification minister Chun Hae-sung.

South Korea also proposed that athletes from the two Koreas march together at the Games' opening ceremony and other joint activities between the two nations during the Games, Chun told reporters outside the first formal talks between North and South Korea in more than two years.