South Korea has agreed to North Korea's proposal of holding working-level talks Wednesday at the truce village of Panmunjeom to further discuss its participation in the PyeongChang Olympics, the South's Unification Ministry said Monday.
Seoul's sports minister also said if the two sides agree on a joint entrance at the opening ceremony, the athletes would march under the "Korean Unification" flag -- a white flag with a blue shape of the Korean Peninsula in the centre.
The North's move, which came earlier in the day, came in response to South Korea's offer Friday to arrange formal talks. Seoul said it would send a three-member delegation led by Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung. "South Korea has agreed to North Korea's proposal to hold working-level talks at 10 a.m. at the Peace House (in Panmunjeom) on Jan. 17, through the South-North communication channel at 4 p.m.," the ministry said in a statement.
The North will send a three-member delegation headed by Jon Jong-su, vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country, added the ministry. The CPRC handles inter-Korean affairs within the North Korean government.
Unification Minister Cho Myoung-gyon told reporters on Monday morning that there was "high possibility" of further working-level talks this week, before a separate meeting in Lausanne. Both the South and North will attend a meeting Saturday with IOC officials in Lausanne, Switzerland, where the IOC's headquarters are located.