North Korea requests talks on Winter Olympics with South on Wednesday

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North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member orchestra, the two sides agreed Monday, while discussions continue over fielding a joint women's hockey team.

The decision to host the orchestra "contributes to improving relations and recovering the cultural homogeneity" between the two Koreas, the South's ministry said. South Korea is also seeking to form a united women's ice hockey team with the North to participate in the Games, according to media reports. But if realized, it would be the Koreas' first unified Olympic team, leaving a major mark in their sports diplomacy that often mirrors their rocky political ties.

Hwang said the two Koreas later agreed in principle to form a joint women's hockey team and informed the International Olympic Committee about that.

The bilateral talks between the two estranged Countries were held last week at the Thongil House in Panmunjom, North Korea.

North and South Korea have held talks over Pyongyang's plan to send a delegation to next month's Winter Olympics.

The statement said that 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.

North Korea carried out nuclear and missile tests a year ago that triggered harsher United Nations sanctions and worldwide condemnation. Others speculate the North wants to use the Olympics to show it's a normal country despite possessing nuclear weapons.

Last week the North said it would send athletes and artistic performers to February's games.

"They should know that train and bus carrying out delegation to the Olympics are still in Pyongyang". "The South Korean authorities had better ponder over what unfavorable results may be entailed by their impolite behavior".

The Korean Central News Agency also criticized South Korean president Moon Jae-in for suggesting that President Donald Trump deserved credit for bringing the two sides together.

"It's certain the Moranbong Band would come given Hyon Song Wol was among the North Korean delegates", said analyst Cheong Seong-Chang at South Korea's private Sejong Institute.



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