This ambivalence was reflected in the reaction of the South Korean women's team coach Sarah Murray, as 12 North Korean hockey players arrived at the national training centre in Jincheon, 90km south of Seoul. But Reuters ship-tracking data soon detected the vessel near the North Korean port of Chongjin.
It came after North Korea made a rare announcement addressed to "all Koreans at home and abroad" that the two nations should attempt to make a "breakthrough" for unification.
A total of 90 teams have qualified at least one athlete to compete in this year's Winter Olympics, with 89 countries and the delegation from Russian Federation taking part under the International Olympic Committee flag.
Only 22 players will be able to participate in each game.
Mandelker flew to South Korea on Wednesday for a two-day stay.
"North Korea is an Olympic participant so there's a need to properly treat them as such", he said.
The claim comes from South Korean foreign minister, Kang Kyung-Wha, who has been speaking to reporters on the fringes of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
The North Korean Ministry of Crude Oil Industry was put on the US blacklist for the first time. But the USA and other countries have cited continuous violations of the sanctions meant to deter the North's nuclear and missile. -South Korea war games that have raised the ire of Pyongyang in the past.
"We can not help but ask once again whether this is the PyeongChang Winter Olympics or the Pyongyang Olympics", Rep. Kim Sung-tae, the party's floor leader, said during a party meeting.
The false ballistic missile alert in Hawaii on January 6 had people anxious for a reason - following, as it did, North Korean President Kim Jong Un's New Year's warning about the nuclear button on his desk at all times and President Donald Trump's tweeted response two days later that his button is more powerful and effective. But with no official confirmation, it isn't clear if the North would soften the event out of consideration for the Olympics or build it up into an even bigger spectacle for domestic propaganda purposes and as a slap at Washington. The delegation is joined by a 15-member ice hockey team, and they used the Gyeongui Line train route on the western part of the peninsula to cross the border and enter South Korea.