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And the South Korean hockey coach, Sarah Murray, earlier voiced concern it could leave the team at a competitive disadvantage.

In an indication that tensions between the neighbouring countries were easing somewhat, North Korea yesterday agreed to allow a joint women's ice hockey team to participate at the PyeongChang Winter Olympics next month, and march together with their southern neighbour under a "unified Korea" flag at the opening ceremony.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says the Koreas reached the agreement during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom.

The Pyeongchang Winter Olympics will be the first time in 11 years that the Unification flag will be used at an official sporting event.

North and South Korean skiers will train together at a resort in North Korea before the Olympics start, and performers from the two countries will also hold a joint cultural event at Mount Kumgang.

The newspaper cautioned on its website that the South's decision to welcome a delegation of some 500 athletes and officials from the north "threatens to become a logistical nightmare".

The unified Korean team makes a joint entrance to the opening ceremony of the Athens Summer Olympics in 2004.

Deputy Special Representative for North Korean Policy Mark Lambert was asked if the USA believed the talks between the Koreas about the Olympics could open an opportunity for broader talks about easing nuclear tensions. Meanwhile, North Korea's Sports Minister Kim Il-gook arrived in Lausanne on Thursday. It said the North also plans to send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics in March.

North Korea will send a cheering squad of around 230 members that will root for teams from both the South and the North. The US officials said the sanctions were meant to deny any revenue to North Korea for developing its nuclear arms.

Twenty nations agreed on Tuesday to consider tougher sanctions to press North Korea to give up its nuclear weapons and U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson warned Pyongyang it could trigger a military response if it did not chose negotiations.

The committee said Wednesday it had received a number of "interesting proposals" that it would discuss with delegates from both countries in Switzerland on Saturday. As of yet, it's unclear whether the International Olympic Committee will acknowledge increasing the entry just for the unified team of the two Koreas.

In 1978, North Korean founder Kim Il Sung chose to mark April 25, 1932 - when the anti-Japanese forces were established - as the army's founding day instead of the official date of February 8, 1948.

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