North and South Korea have agreed, during rare talks on Wednesday, to form a combined women's ice hockey team to take part in next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Reuters reported that the teams will:

March together under a unified peninsula flag at the opening ceremony, a joint statement released by Seoul's unification ministry said.

The statement also said that North Korea will send a 550 member delegation including:

230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players for a demonstration.

The delegation is scheduled to begin arriving in South Korea on 25 January.

The announcement is not the first time the country has marched under the Korean unified peninsula flag, which is the outline of the two countries' peninsula on a field of white.

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The flag was first used in 1991 when the two countries competed as one for the 41st World Table Tennis Championships in Japan.

It was also used at the 8th World Youth Football Championship in Lisbon in the same year, as well as the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, as well as the 2002 and 2006 Asian Games.

They were also flown at the World Student Games by South Korean supporters during a welcome ceremony at the World Student Games in South Korea.

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The flags were flown in a public setting as recently as 6 April 2017, when South Korean fans waved unification flags while cheering for North Korean players during the IIHF women's world ice hockey championships, division II, group A competition match between South Korea and North Korea in Gangneung.

South Korea won that fixture 0-3, with two goals in the first period, one in the second.

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The two countries have marched separately in Olympic competition since the 2008 Summer Olympics.

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