The IOC has said it will host a four-party meeting to decide on the participation of North Korea in the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games to be held in South Korea in February. The North has yet to respond to that offer as well.
South and North Korea discuss joint women's ice hockey team for Olympics
US President Donald Trump informed his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In of the decision during their phone call earlier in the day, according to a White House statement on Wednesday.
Separately, the International Olympic Committee has proposed a meeting on January 20 at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, involving the rival Koreas to discuss North Korea's participation in Pyeongchang. But they have never fielded a joint team at a multi-discipline sports event such as the Olympics.More news: U.S. settles near 3-year highs despite United States inventory rise
A conductor and two other officials from a North Korean orchestra will also be part of the delegation, the ministry said.
Roh said he would seek International Olympic Committee support for the ice hockey proposal and hoped other countries taking part in the competition would give a unified Korean team their blessing. In April 2017, South Korea allowed the North Korean team to travel to the South for the Women's World Championships in ice hockey.More news: Wal-Mart's Sam's Club to shut stores after "review"
The figure skating pair Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik were the only North Korean athletes to qualify but missed the deadline to register for their event.More news: 'It's racist': Haitians in Orlando react to President Trump's comment