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North Korea seeks further Olympic talks

The all-female group are reportedly chosen by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un himself The all-female group are reportedly chosen by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un himself
Ellis Copeland | 17 January, 2018, 01:50

North Korea and its southern neighbour agreed during rare talks on Monday that Pyongyang will send a large orchestra to South Korea to perform at the Winter Olympics next month, according to the Unification Ministry in?Seoul.

Pakistan has always encouraged the DPRK and RoK to resume meaningful negotiations and supported all efforts for smooth reunification of the Korean Peninsula including the two Summits between North and South Korea in June 2000 and 2007, the statement said.

On the other hand, the North Korean news agency KCNA criticised, in an article published on Sunday, South Korean President Moon Jae-in's statement made last week, in which he praised the sanctions policy of his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, considering that he had helped the two Koreas meet.

140 member band will be performing in Gangneung and SeoulNorth Korea has agreed to send the Samjiyon Band, an orchestra with more than 140 members, to South Korea to perform in Seoul and in Gangneung, a city in Gangwon Province, during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Tension has been high as the North staged a flurry of nuclear and missile tests since a year ago and Mr Kim traded threats of war and personal attacks with US President Donald Trump.

South Korea had earlier suggested holding the comprehensive discussion on Monday but the North proposed discussing details of its cultural delegation instead, Dong-A Ilbo reported.

The Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) quoted an official of the Central Committee of the Journalists Union of Korea as saying that the conservative media in South Korea are misleading public opinion to "chill" the atmosphere for improved north-south ties.

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The "scope and timing of the exercises suggest a renewed focus on getting the country's military prepared for what could be on the horizon with North Korea", it added.

The reasons for North Korea's softer approach are not clear, though some analysts say the North may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington as a way to weaken pressure and sanctions on the country.

Murray, who revealed she was not informed about the plans by the South Korean Government and only learned of the proposal on Sunday (January 14), was also critical of the timing of the announcement.

"South and North Korea agreed as follows: 1".

A joint statement after Monday's meeting didn't mention North Korea's well-known Moranbong Band, an all-female ensemble hand-picked by the North's leader Kim Jong Un. But each performer holds an official senior military position - Hyon Song Wol is reportedly a colonel in the Korean People's Army of the North.

The concerts initially scheduled for three days were seen as a sign of warming relations between China and North Korea.

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