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2 Koreas Eye Unified March at Asian Games

The two nations marched under a unified flag at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.The two nations marched under a unified flag at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Sports ministers from the two Koreas agreed to push for a unified delegation from both countries parading together in the opening ceremony at this year’s Asian Games in Indonesia, August 18-September 2.

At a meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, on Monday, the North’s Kim Il-guk and his South counterpart Do Jong-hwan discussed future sporting collaborations between the nations as tensions heightened by Pyongyang’s nuclear ambitions continue to thaw, Reuters reported.

The nations marched under a unified flag at the opening and closing ceremonies of February’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, and the ministers were optimistic of a similar partnership at the August-September Asian Games, being co-hosted by Jakarta and Palembang.

According to Yonhap, the ministers would be finalizing the details after the two countries’ historic summit at the end of April.

“It would be great if we can have working level discussions and start working on specific agreements after the summit at the end of April,” Do told reporters. “I hope sports can lead the way for inter-Korean reconciliation.”

A South Korean delegation travelled to Pyongyang on Saturday in a reciprocal cultural visit after North Korea sent performers to the South for the Winter Games.

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