Following an extensive "four eyes" meeting with Kim Jong-un, it was confirmed that the country is committed to its athletes competing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 and the Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022, as well as the Summer Youth Olympic Games Buenos Aires 2018 and the Winter Youth Olympic Games Lausanne 2020.
Bach told Reuters during the February 9-25 Winter Olympics that he would make the visit on the North's invitation as part of an agreement between the International Olympic Committee and both North and South Korea.
Bach announced the news upon returning to Beijing from Pyongyang, Reuters reported.
KCNA said Kim expressed thanks for the IOC's support and for cooperating with North Korea "regardless of any political climate and conditions".
'He said that the once frozen north-south relations greeted a dramatic thawing season with the Olympics as a momentum and it was totally attributable to the efforts of the International Olympic Committee which offered an opportunity and paved a path for it, ' KCNA reported.
Kim also reportedly thanked Bach for "walking the extra mile" to ensure their participation at Pyeongchang 2018. He is the first foreign official to meet Kim since the North Korean leader returned earlier this week from a summit in Beijing with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
According to Reuters, Bach said that the International Olympic Committee would "make a proposal for a potential joint march or potential other joint activities for Tokyo and then maybe also for Beijing at the appropriate time". Most notably, Kim sent his younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, to the South to watch the opening ceremony and have talks with President Moon Jae-in. The meeting will take place ahead of an expected meeting between US President Donald Trump and Kim in May. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has said he is exploring the possibility of a meeting with Kim as well.
Kim's talks with Bach appear to have focused mostly on sports.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is seen writing, in this still image taken from video released on Wednesday.
The IOC supported North Korean athletes financiallly and in kind in their effort to qualify for Pyeongchang.
Bach, who is German, competed in the Olympics for West Germany before Germany's unification and says that gives him a special feeling for the Koreas. "Now, on the political level, the discussions can continue in the Olympic spirit of understanding and peace".