US hopes joint Olympic team helps NKorea change

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) - The White House says it hopes for a "small taste of freedom" for the North Korean athletes participating on a joint Olympic team with South Korea.

Spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says it's also an opportunity for North Korea to see the value of ending its international isolation by getting rid of its nuclear weapons.

Sanders says she hopes the taste of freedom rubs off and affects conversations about North Korea's nuclear weapons program.

South Korea has announced that the rival Koreas have agreed to form their first joint Olympic team and have their athletes march together during the opening ceremony for next month's Winter Olympics in the South.

The agreement was reached during talks Wednesday at the border village of Panmunjom. The International Olympic Committee must sign off on the proposal.