IOC President Bach to visit DPR Korea

Monday, 2018-02-12 21:43:00
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IOC President Thomas Bach during a visit to the Main Press Centre (MPC), in Pyeongchang, RoK. (Photo: Reuters)
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International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach on Feb.12 said he will visit Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) after the PyeongChang Winter Games.

Bach will make the visit at the DPR Korea's invitation as part of an agreement between the IOC, DPR Korea and the Republic of Korea (RoK).

DPRK and RoK marched together under a unified Korean flag in the athletes parade at the opening ceremony of the Games last Friday. DPR Korea and RoK also formed a women's ice hockey team to compete at PyeongChang, first of its kind in the Olympics history.

In the speech during the opening ceremony, Bach stressed the Games can send "a powerful message of peace to the world".

"United in our diversity, we are stronger than all the forces that want to divide us," Bach said in his speech at the opening ceremony.

The PyeongChang Winter Games, attracting nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 countries and regions, will run through Feb. 25.

The high-level delegation of the DPRK came home Sunday night (Feb.11) after visiting RoK and attending the opening ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the delegation, led by Kim Yong Nam, president of the Presidium of the DPRK Supreme People's Assembly, flew 45 minutes from Inchon to land in Pyongyang.

*The delegation also included Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of DPRK top leader Kim Jong Un and also the first vice director of the Central Committee of the ruling Workers' Party of Korea.

The delegation was warmly received here by numerous senior officials and a guard of honor of the Korean People's Army at the airport upon arrival, according to the KCNA.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in met with the delegation Saturday (Feb.10) at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. The two sides agreed to further improve inter-Korean relations and seek to realize peace on the Korean Peninsula.

Together with the DPRK delegation, Moon watched a match by the joint women's ice jockey team with Switzerland in PyeongChang on Saturday and the performance of a DPRK art troupe in Seoul on Sunday.