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North Korea to Hit High Note at Olympics

North Korea to Hit High Note at Olympics

The size of the delegation and the possibility for a joint women's hockey team will be the two main items on the agenda.

North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both held in Seoul, amid Cold War rivalry.

Kwon Hyok-bong, North Korean director of the culture ministry's art performance bureau (right), Moranbong band leader Hyon Song-wol (center), and South Korean chief delegate Lee Woo Sung enter the meeting room of the Tongilgak (Unification Pavilion) on the North Korean side of Panmunjeom on January 15 to discuss North Korean performance artist groups participating in the Pyeongchang Olympics.

Officials from the two Koreas met earlier this week in the border village of Panmunjom, their first talks in more than two years.

The North issued a statement Sunday saying it could still cancel its plans for the Olympics in protest of recent comments by South Korean President Moon Jae-in crediting U.S. President Donald Trump with getting the North to talk with the South.

The KCNA also accused South Korea of letting the United States send another nuclear aircraft carrier, Stennis, to the West Pacific during the Peyongchang Olympics, despite its agreement with Washington to postpone joint military drills during the games.

Only two North Korean athletes now qualify for the Games - figure skaters Ryom Tae-ok and Kim Ju-sik.

Following the meeting, South Korean Sports Ministry spokesman Hwang Seong Un said that the two Koreas had also agreed to send a joint women's ice hockey team to the Games.

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According to the statement, the two sides will jointly decide on the venues, stage conditions and the installation of necessary equipment for the performance of North Korean entertainers.

It also says it will arrange for the orchestra to travel to the South by land via Panmunjom, as the North requested.

Kwon named the musical group as the previously unknown "Samjiyon Orchestra, " including a combination of the state's Unhasu Orchestra and the Samjiyon Band. The orchestra will be comprised of 140 North Koreans.

Seoul closed the Kaesong Industrial Complex in February 2016 in response to North Korea's nuclear and missile tests.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of the Canadian Olympic Committee will announce the flag bearer for the upcoming Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea on Tuesday morning. It even convinced the USA military to delay drills due to be held in March until after the Olympics were over.

One of them is a route leading to the now-shuttered inter-Korean industrial park in the North Korean border city of Kaesong.

"They should know that the train and bus carrying our delegation.are still in Pyongyang", it read.

Kim's declaration triggered a rapid series of moves, while Seoul touted talks last week - the first inter-Korea meeting for two years - as a potential first step to bringing the North into negotiations over its nuclear arsenal.