Seoul: North Korea can­cels pre-Olympic joint cul­tural event

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - NEWS -

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea says North Korea can­celed one of the joint co­op­er­a­tion projects planned for next month’s Win­ter Olympics in the South.

Seoul’s Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­istry said in a state­ment that North Korea on Mon­day sent a mes­sage say­ing it won’t have a joint cul­tural event Feb. 4 at the North’s Di­a­mond Moun­tain.

The min­istry cites North Korea as say­ing it has no other op­tion to can­cel the project be­cause of un­spec­i­fied South Korean me­dia re­ports that it says de­famed its “sin­cere” mea­sures for the Olympics.

The state­ment says South Korea con­sid­ers the North’s de­ci­sion “very re­gret­table.”

It’s not clear how the de­vel­op­ment would af­fect other planned Olympics-re­lated co­op­er­a­tion projects be­tween the Koreas. They agreed to field a joint women’s hockey team and to march to­gether dur­ing the open­ing cer­e­mony.

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