The two countries, who are technically still at war having only signed an armistice after the Korean War, could even compete as a single nation in next month’s Games.
Lee Hee-beom, the Winter Olympics organising chief, previously raised the possibility of the two Koreas forming unified teams in figure skating and ice hockey for the Games to be held in the mountain village of Pyeongchang, just 50 miles (80km) from the inter-Korean border.
The two Koreas have competed as a single nation in sports events before, including football and table tennis matches, but have never joined forces for a major event such as the Olympics or the Asian Games.
The countries even marched together at the Sydney Olympic Games in 2000 after North and South Korea held their first ever summit, but relations have since soured.Related articles
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However, Lee, president of the Pyeongchang Organizing Committee for the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, is optimistically proposing the countries join forces for this years event.
He has even proposed North Korean athletes enter the south by crossing the heavily armed border between the two countries, which is widely considered one of the most