North Korea to send ceremonial head Kim Yong-nam South
February 4, 2018 4:12 pm
North Korea is to send its highest ranking official for years to the South amid a diplomatic rapprochement sparked by the Winter Olympics.
Kim Yong-nam, the ceremonial head of state, will lead a 22-member delegation to the South beginning on Friday, said the South’s Unification Ministry.
The two Koreas’ athletes will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.
Their united women’s ice hockey team played its first match on Sunday, but lost the friendly against Sweden 1-3.
The unified Korean ice hockey team will get a chance to even the score when they face Sweden again during the Games.
Sunday’s outing was the first and only practice match for the newly minted Korean squad.
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Kim Yong-nam is the head of the parliament in the North and will be the highest-level official to visit South Korea in four years.
An unnamed official from the South’s presidential Blue House told the BBC that they believe this reflected a willingness on the part of North Korea to improve inter-Korean relations, and demonstrated the North’s sincerity.