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North Korea to send 140-member orchestra to Pyeongchang Olympics

North Korea to send 140-member orchestra to Pyeongchang Olympics North Korea to send 140-member orchestra to Pyeongchang Olympics
Patty Aguilar | 16 January, 2018, 04:59

South and North Korea announced Monday the results of their talks in Panmunjom over the proposed participation of North Korean performing artists in the February 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

South Korea had also said that it is seeking to form a combined women's hockey team with the North.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in answers reporters' question during his New Year news conference at the Presidential Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

North Korea, still technically at war with the South, is pursuing missile and nuclear programmes in defiance of U.N. Security Council sanctions and regularly threatens to destroy the United States and its two key Asian allies, South Korea and Japan.

Earlier this week, the two Koreas held their first talks in about two years at the border village.

North Korea is planning to send a large delegation to the Olympics in addition to the athletes and orchestra.

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N.Korea proposes talks on athletes on Wed
Thus, Mr Kim Jong Un has seized on the arrival of the new year to make conciliatory noises, couching them in his usual bravado. South Korea had also previously proposed that athletes from the two countries march together at the Games' opening ceremony.

"The present South Korean chief executive's attitude casts doubt as to his intent to improve the North-South ties and build confidence", it said.

South Korea and North Korea are talking for the first time in a while.

They discussed "performance schedules, venue and stage conditions" for a North Korean art troupe, which is expected to perform at the sporting event, according to Yonhap news agency. He also made clear that his country will keep in step with the worldwide community in the sanctions against North Korea. Tensions have eased, but North Korea is calling for more changes that would place Seoul in a hard position.

While it was not immediately clear what "great symphony" referred to, Kwon was joined in the talks by Hyon Song-wol - the leader of the North's famous all-female Moranbong Band, which was established by the reclusive state's leader Kim Jong-un. The woman who defected in 2011, Kim Ryon Hui, has expressed that she wants to return to North Korea.

The broadcaster went on to threaten the regime's exit from the Olympics, saying the train destined to carry the country's delegation to the games hasn't yet departed. However, South Korean skaters would still be scratched from some games, so North Korean skaters could play, resulting in a potential complication.

The most recent bout of sanctions applied to Kim Jong Un's nation include a significant limiting of oil imports, and further constriction of permitted exports, leaving North Korea in dire fiscal circumstances.

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