Ri­val Koreas agree to talk on art troupe’s visit

The News Herald (Willoughby, OH) - - Nation + World -

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA » The ri­val Koreas agreed Satur­day their talks next week will ad­dress a North Korean art troupe’s visit to the Pyeongchang Win­ter Olympics in the South, rather than par­tic­i­pa­tion of ath­letes.

Py­ongyang wanted talks on send­ing its ath­letes and other of­fi­cials to the Fe­bru­ary Olympics to be held at a later date so that next Mon­day’s talks can fo­cus on the North Korean art troupe’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the Games, Seoul’s Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­istry said, and the South agreed to the North’s pro­posal.

Of­fi­cials from the ri­val Koreas met this week in the bor­der vil­lage of Pan­munjom, their first talks in more than two years. At that meet­ing they agreed to hold mil­i­tary talks and send a North Korean del­e­ga­tion of of­fi­cials, ath­letes, cheer­lead­ers, jour­nal­ists and oth­ers to the Olympics.

Seoul’s and Py­ongyang’s del­e­ga­tions to next Mon­day’s meet­ing at the bor­der vil­lage of Pan­munjom in­clude head arts and orchestra of­fi­cials, as well as Uni­fi­ca­tion Min­istry lead­ers.

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