N’korea calls off joint Olympic event with South

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - WORLD REPORT -

NORTH Korea has can­celled a joint cul­tural per­for­mance with artists from South Korea, Seoul of­fi­cials have said.

South Korea’s uni­fi­ca­tion min­istry on Mon­day said that Py­ongyang had called off an event set to take place at North Korea’s Mount Kum­gang on Fe­bru­ary 4 as part of a se­ries of events in the lead up to the Pyeongchang Win­ter Olympics, South Korea’s of­fi­cial news agency Yon­hap re­ported.

Seoul called the “uni­lat­eral” move “very re­gret­table”.

Py­ongyang re­port­edly also took is­sue with South Korean re­ports re­gard­ing an “in­ter­nal event”, an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to a mil­i­tary pa­rade pos­si­bly tak­ing place on Fe­bru­ary 8 to mark the 70th an­niver­sary of the Korean Peo­ple’s Army, Yon­hap said. Py­ongyang’s de­ci­sion comes after a se­ries of con­cil­ia­tory moves be­tween the two Koreas.

On Jan­uary 9, they held the first high-level talks in more than two years.

In what was de­scribed as a ma­jor diplo­matic break­through, North Korea said it would send a del­e­ga­tion of ath­letes and per­form­ers to the Pyeongchang Win­ter Olympics in South Korea.

The rap­proche­ment fol­lowed months of es­ca­lat­ing ten­sions on the Korean Penin­sula over mul­ti­ple mis­siles launches car­ried out by North Korea, as well as the pur­ported test of a hy­dro­gen bomb.

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