IOC to host talks on North Korean participation on January 20

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) will host talks on Jan. 20 to discuss key details about North Korea?s participation at next month?s Winter Olympics in neighboring South Korea.

The two countries agreed on Tuesday, following their first talks in over two years, that North Korea would send a large delegation to next month?s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

The IOC said the meeting at its headquarters in Lausanne would take a series of ?essential decisions? on the North?s participation.

These would include the number of names of athletes from the North Korean Olympic Committee as well as questions related to official protocol, including flags, ceremonies and uniform.

The IOC said that its president Thomas Bach would host the talks which would also include the delegations from the national Olympic committees of both countries.

North Korean IOC member Chang Ung spent four hours at the IOC building on Wednesday, Reuters witnesses said.

Kim and Trump have exchanged barbs in the last year and Trump warned that the U.S. would have no choice but to ?totally destroy? North Korea if forced to defend itself or its allies.