Olympics: IOC member indicates North Korea will attend Pyeongchang Games
International Olympic Committee member Chang Ung of North Korea, indicated on Friday that his nation's team will compete in next year's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea.
"There is no reason why we won't come and no reason why we can't," Chang told Kyodo News in Sapporo, which is hosting the eighth Asian Winter Games.
North Korea sent a team to the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, but the following summer precipitously pulled out of another event in South Korea, the summer Universiade in Gwangju.
"We will proceed according to the Olympic Charter," Chang said.
The North Koreans have offered Masikryong ski resort in the eastern part of their country as one potential venue for next year's Olympics, but Chang said it would be a difficult thing to make work.
"If the IOC were to give the OK, it wouldn't be impossible to do," Chang said. "But I expect it would be extremely difficult."
The North Korean team to the Asian Winter Games arrived in Hokkaido on Friday.