N’korea calls off joint Olympic event with South
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.