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North Korean athletes land in South for Winter Olympics

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A North Korean delegation of 32 people, including 10 athletes from the North Korean Olympic team, arrives at Yangyang international airport near Gangneung in South Korea yesterday.

North Korean athletes land in South for Winter Olympics

Ten North Korean skiers and skaters arrived in the South Thursday to take part in the Pyeongchang Winter Games, setting the stage for a "peace Olympics" after a year of high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear programme.

Eight days before the opening ceremony, the athletes were among a delegation that landed in Gangneung, on South Korea's east coast, after a rare direct flight between the two halves of the divided peninsula – for which a special exemption had to be sought from US sanctions.

In black fur hats, they made their way through the terminal without saying a word to a pursuing pack of reporters and boarded buses that took them to the athletes' village.

Well-wishers at the airport held up banners depicting reunification flags – a blue Korean peninsula on a white background – with one proclaiming: "We are one".

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