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Koreas begin talks on Olympic art troupe

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14 Jan 2018 23:23 PM

Athletes, cheerleaders and an art troupe are expected to be part of the North's delegation at the Olympics

North and South Korea have begun talks on Pyongyang's plan to send an art troupe to the Winter Olympics taking place next month in the South.

North Korea agreed last week to send a delegation to the Games, easing months of tensions between the neighbours over its nuclear programme.

Seoul then proposed wider talks on Monday about the North's participation, BBC reports. 

But Pyongyang instead offered to discuss just the attendance of its state-run artistic performers.

South Korea had been pushing for the North to be involved in the Games dubbed the "Peace Olympics", saying it was a chance to improve relations between the two Koreas.

The two sides are meeting in the shared border village of Panmunjom in the demilitarised zone (DMZ), also known as truce village.

Four delegates from each side were scheduled to attend the talks, with the North's delegation including Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the popular all-female pop group, the Moranbong Band. 

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