Yonhap said South Korea has asked the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the International Hockey Federation for permission to expand the roster of its women's hockey team, to bring in North Korean players.
For now, the military talks would focus on finding a way to ease cross-border tensions before the opening of the Olympics, the official said but he kept open the possibility that the talks would be developed into a discussion of more serious issues, such as the two Koreas' cross-border propaganda broadcasts, and possibly, upcoming South Korea-U.S. joint military exercises.
The South has also offered to combine with the North for the opening and closing ceremonies, with the two countries marching together under a unified flag.
The IOC is scheduled to convene a four-party meeting on January 20 in the Swiss city, involving a delegation from the Pyeongchang 2018 Organizing Committee and high-ranking officials from the two Koreas, to decide on the participation of North Korean athletes, given that all the deadlines for registration have already passed.
North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, meaning Pyeongchang will be the first Olympics they have attended in the South. (AFP) KIS. The two teams even played each other, with the South defeating the North 3-0 in division play.
Hopes of North Korean participation in Pyeongchang rose after the regime's leader, Kim Jong-un, said on New Year's Day he was willing to discuss sending athletes. In 1991, they joined forces at the World Table Tennis championships and the football under-20 World Cup. DPRK also entered the OCA's 8th Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan, in February 2017 and won a bronze medal in pairs figure skating through Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik.