North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep

  21 January 2018    Read: 672
North Korean delegation arrives in South Korea for Olympics prep
North Korean music and arts officials arrived in South Korea on Sunday, the first of a series of visits to prepare for the North’s last-minute participation in next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
South Korean broadcaster YTN reported the first delegation had arrived in Seoul early Sunday under a heavy police presence, then boarded a train to Gangwon province, where the Olympics will be held from February 9-25.

The officials are scheduled to spend two days inspecting art centers in Seoul and Gangneung city, which will also host several of the Olympic events.

Pyongyang said on Sunday it also plans to send another team of sports officials to inspect Olympic venues and accommodations from January 25-27, South Korea’s unification ministry said.

In a diplomatic breakthrough after a year of escalating tension over the North’s nuclear and missile program, the North will send 22 athletes to the Winter Games and compete in three sports and five disciplines, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said on Saturday.

Sunday’s seven-member North Korean delegation, led by musician Hyon Song-wol, had been scheduled to visit on Saturday to check venues for performances by a 140-strong art troupe at the Olympics, but canceled just before the visit with no explanation.

Officials from both Korea’s used a cross-border hotline to reschedule the visit.

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