SEOUL, South Korea/January 13, 2018(AP)(STL.News)—South Korea said Saturday that North Korea proposed that their talks next week address a North Korean art troupe’s visit to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in the South, rather than the participation of the nation’s athletes.
Pyongyang wants 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 primarily on the North Korean art troupe’s participation in the Games, Seoul’s Unification Ministry said.
Officials from the rival Koreas met earlier 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.
The Unification Ministry said North Korea wanted to send a delegation headed by the director of the arts and performance bureau of the North’s culture ministry to next Monday’s talks. A conductor and two other officials from a North Korean orchestra will also be part of the delegation, the ministry said.
Separately, the International Olympic Committee has proposed a meeting on Jan. 20 at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, involving the rival Koreas to discuss North Korea’s participation in Pyeongchang.