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N Korea offers talks on sending art troupe to Olympics

AFP  |  Seoul 

has proposed talks next week to discuss its plan to send a performing art troupe to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said today. The North confirmed it would attend next month's in the South at a rare inter-Korean meeting last week, following months of tensions over its nuclear weapons programme. The ministry said the hermit state is apparently keen to discuss logistics of the performers' trip to the South before planning its athletes and supporters' attendance at the Games. "It appears that the North wants to discuss various practical matters related to an art troupe's visit as a priority," the ministry said in a statement, adding that the would respond after reviewing the North's proposal. Hyon Song-Wol, of the popular Moranbong band, is one of four North Korean delegates set to attend the talks in the truce village of on Monday. The Moranbong band is an all-female music group performing pop, rock and fusion styles, whose members are reportedly selected by the himself. It comes a day after South Korea's vice minister said the South had proposed marching with North Korea at the Olympics' opening ceremony and also forming a joint women's ice hockey team during the high-level talks which took place on Tuesday. A joint march at the opening ceremony would be a stunning statement for the so-dubbed "Peace Olympics", which will open about 80 kms from the heavily fortified Korean border on February 9. boycotted in Seoul, meaning Pyeongchang will be the first they have attended in the South.

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First Published: Sat, January 13 2018. 13:50 IST
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