World News Wednesday: North Korea and South Korea to Carry United Flag at Olympics

By: Val Peña

After nearly seven decades of animosity, the two Koreas are coming together to carry a single flag at the 2018 Winter games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The flag, coined as The Korean Unification Flag, features a blue silhouette of the peninsula and outlying islands.

After so many years of severe hostility and division, this is shocking to many. Very recently, both North Korea and South Korea are obliging to unite and begin to change their turbulent relationship. This rare gesture of unity is a representation of just that. Not only will they march together, but they will have a a joint women’s ice hockey team. The planned team will be the first combined Korean team for the Olympics.

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Pictured is the united flag of the two Korea’s. Source: http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/17/asia/north-south-korea-olympics-flag-intl/index.html

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Nearly 15 years ago, students at the 2003 World Students Games waving united flag. Source: http://www.cnn.com/2018/01/17/asia/north-south-korea-olympics-flag-intl/index.html

This unification seems to be a step in the right direction for less tensions amongst the two countries, which is what many civilians of both countries hope for.

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