North and South Korea discuss sending art troupe to Winter Olympics


SEOL: North and South Korea are holding further talks on the North’s plan to attend the Winter Olympics Games.
North Korea agreed last week to send a delegation to the Games in the South, easing months of tensions between the neighbours.
But the details of the diplomatically complicated plan are still being ironed out.
The latest talks are focusing on the artistic troupe the North would like to send to South Korea.
The two sides are meeting in the shared border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ), also known as the truce village.
The two sides were expected to discuss details including the number of performers, their travel route and their schedules, according to South Korea’s Yonhap news agency.
Four delegates from each side were scheduled to attend, with the North’s delegation including Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the popular all-female pop group, the Moranbong Band.
Today’s meeting is for working level talks – with lower ranking officials – rather than the breakthrough high level talks of last week.
At last week’s high level inter-Korean talks, the first in more than two years, Pyongyang said it wanted to send athletes, cheerleaders, an art troupe and a taekwondo team to the Winter Olympics taking place from 9-25 February in Pyeongchang.


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