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North Korea gets official OK to compete in Winter Olympics, will march with South

North Korea gets official OK to compete in Winter Olympics, will march with South

For all its diplomatic promise, the recent deal securing North Korea’s unexpected participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics still faced one official obstacle: approval from the international event’s governing body.

Both nations cleared it on Saturday.

After meeting with the two nations for several hours, the International Olympic Committee took the “exceptional” step of adding numerous competition slots so the North’s athletes could participate in the Games, which begin Feb. 9.

It also approved a plan for both Koreas — divided under an uneasy truce that halted the Korean War in 1953 — to march together under a unified flag, a milestone in inter-Korean sports...

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