A figure skating pair are among 10 North Korean athletes who have arrived in South Korea for the Winter Olympics.

There are also three alpine skiers, three cross-country skiers and two short-track skaters.

The figure skaters are the only ones to have secured their places at the Games through normal qualifying.

But they lost their positions by failing to register. They and the others have been given ‘quota’ places – a rarely-used form of wild card.

They are joining 12 ice hockey players who arrived in South Korea last month.

The two countries will field a joint team in women’s ice hockey.

During the opening ceremony on 9 February, North and South Korean athletes will march under one flag.

Rare inter-Korean talks were launched in early January. Later in the month, North Korea called on all Koreans at home and abroad to promote contact (and) cooperation between North and South Korea.

North Korea’s delegation to the Games is being led by the country’s vice minister of physical culture and sports, Won Kil U.

After landing at Yangyang International Airport, they boarded a bus for the athletes’ village in one of the Games venues, Gangneung.

(c) Sky News 2018: North Korean athletes arrive in South Korea for Winter Olympics