North Korean athletes allowed to cross demilitarised zone for Winter Olympics

  • Symbolic gesture by South Korea comes at time of heightened tension
  • ‘We want it to be the peace Games,’ says Pyeongchang 2018 chief

North Korean athletes will be allowed to cross the demilitarised zone into South Korea to compete at next year’s Winter Olympics, according to Pyeongchang 2018 chief Lee Hee-beom. 

The Korean peninsula has been split by the 4km wide no-go zone since 1953 with millions of troops massed either side. There is no movement of people in either direction but in a symbolic act the Games’ organising committee president Lee said North Korean athletes would be free to arrive by road despite current heightened tension between the nations. 

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