North Korea proposed talks to discuss its plan to send art troupe to Olympics

Vastavam web: North Korea 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 Olympics in the South at a rare inter-Korean meeting last week, following months of tensions over its nuclear weapons programme.”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 government would respond after reviewing the North’s proposal.

Hyon Song-Wol, leader of the popular Moranbong band, is one of four North Korean delegates set to attend the talks in the truce village of Panmunjom on Monday.It comes a day after South Korea’s vice sports minister Roh Tae-Kang 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.