Bach heads to North Korea

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International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach. Reuters

SEOUL (Reuters) – International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach travelled to Pyongyang yesterday, Yonhap news agency reported, a visit that comes after North Korea’s participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Games helped ease inter-Korean relations.

Bach took North Korea’s state airline Air Koryo from Beijing Capital International Airport with 10 other IOC officials, South Korea’s Yonhap said.

Bach told Reuters during the February 9-25 Winter Olympics that he would make the visit on the North’s invitation as part of an agreement between the IOC and both North and South Korea.

Athletes from North and South Korea marched under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony in Pyeongchang and the two Koreas have experienced a significant thaw in tensions since the Winter Olympics.

Bach’s itinerary in Pyongyang remains unclear but his visit comes amid a flurry of international outreach by North Korea.

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