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A senior official for the Korea Ice Hockey Association also expressed concern about the joint team announcement.

A unified team "would positively reflect the Olympic ideals of social development and peace through sport", the International Ice Hockey Federation said Thursday in a statement.

"We are getting a lot of evidence that these sanctions are really starting to hurt", Tillerson said, citing intelligence and anecdotal evidence from defectors.

Other governments panned the Vancouver talks themselves, including China, which cautioned against a "split" within the global community on Korean nuclear issues. The committee said recently that it has "kept the door open" for North Korea to take part in the games.

Mattis appealed to the attendees to make progress on the North Korea issue at their meeting on Tuesday, saying that if that meeting did not go well, the United States would next call a defense ministers' meeting, the source said.

North Korea will send a delegation of more than 400, including 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 taekwondo players for a demonstration, a joint press statement released by Seoul's Unification Ministry said, adding that the precise number of athletes will be hammered out after discussions with the International Olympic Committee scheduled for later this week.

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If even South Korea sees the merits of diplomacy in the face of U.S. talk of military action, the USA unwillingness to engage in direct talks with North Korea looks all the more like the real aberration in the region, and a real blow to presenting North Korea as impossible to talk to. It said the delegation will include a 230-member cheering group, a 30-member taekwondo demonstration team, journalists, athletes and officials.

The International Olympic Committee has been more cautious. They withdrew from projects like a joint factory park in the North Korean town of Kaesong in response to the North's nuclear weapons pursuit and other acts the South considered provocative. North Korea denies it played a role in the attack.

If North Korea wants freedom from sanctions and acceptance from the worldwide community, it must end its nuclear weapons program, Canada and some of its closest partners insisted Tuesday as they kicked off a major global meeting aimed at ending Pyongyang's ongoing "nuclearization".

Tillerson said North Korea must not be allowed "to drive a wedge" through allied resolve or solidarity and reiterated Washington's rejection of a Chinese-Russian proposal for the United States and South Korea to freeze military exercises in return for a freeze in North Korea's weapons programs.

"It would have a significant meaning if the South and North show reconciliation and unity, for example through a joint march".

Tensions in the region have escalated dramatically as the regime of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un has ramped up its nuclear efforts.

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"I warmly welcome the joint proposals by the governments of the ROK (Republic of Korea) and DPRK (Democratic People's Republic of Korea) which have been applauded by so many other governments worldwide", Bach said.

It was last used in 2006 at the Winter Olympics in Italy.

The "Korean Unification Flag", showing the Korean peninsula in blue against a white background, traces its origin to 1989, when the two Koreas agreed to use a new flag for a possible joint team in the 1990 Asian Games.

But for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, the greater goal for this Olympics is to promote peace and eventually denuclearization with the isolated and repressive Kim Jong Un government.

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