South and North Korea began their second high-level meeting on Wednesday to discuss Pyongyang's participation in the Winter Olympic Games, which will begin on February 9 in the South Korean county Pyeongchang.
Members of a cheering squad wave the Korean Peninsula flag, symbolizing a unified Korea, during an inter-Korean match at the International Ice Hockey Federation Women's World Championship in Gangneung, 237 kilometers east of Seoul, on April 6, 2017.
The detente occurred after a year of North Korea outwearing the patience of the global community with the series of nuclear and missile tests, leading to the strictest UN Security Council sanctions on the Asian nation and a bellicose exchange of tweets between the North Korean and United States leaders. He added that the North Korea will separately send a 150-strong delegation to the Paralympics.
The newspaper cautioned on its website that the South's decision to welcome a delegation of some 500 athletes and officials from the north "threatens to become a logistical nightmare".
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South Korea is keen on talking with North Korea no matter the circumstances, and could decide that this is the right entry point for broader conversations about North Korea's nuclear program.
Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono and Harjit Sajjan, Canada's minister of national defense, were also at the dinner.
"We will work actively to improve North-South Korean relations but will not stand still to actions that are against unification", the North's Rodong Sinmun newspaper said.
While engagement between the two Koreas is at its highest level in years, North Korea has held a hard line on certain issues.
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