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Should North Korea be allowed to send a team to the 2018 Winter Olympics?

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For the first time in eight years, North Korea will send a delegation to the 2018 Winter Olympics. An agreement was reached with South Korea, the host of the games, during historic talks between the two countries. The representatives from South Korea have offered for the two countries’ delegations to walk together under a joint flag during the opening and closing ceremonies, according to Yonhap News. So far, only a pairs figure skating team has qualified for this year’s Olympics. North Korea has indicated it will send a delegation, which includes officials, athletes, cheerleaders, journalists and others.

While many are pleased with the progress of the talks right now, the issue of North Korea’s nuclear program is a long way from being resolved and tensions still run high because of that. North Korea has had severe sanctions placed on them for their program and many around the world want the program ended. That being the case, a question comes to mind. Should North Korea be allowed to send an Olympic team?

Bloomberg Politics: North Korea to Send Delegation to Olympics

The Issue

Should North Korea be allowed to send a team to the Winter Olympics? Is North Korea participating in the Olympics a good step towards peace on the Korean Peninsula? Or, has it not earned the right to send a team?

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