Korea performers' delegation to be in South tomorrow

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Korea performers' delegation to be in South tomorrow

A group of seven officials led by Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the North's popular Moranbong band, crossing the heavily-fortified border on a bus before arriving at Seoul train station about an hour later.

Kim Jong-Un, The Supreme Leader of North Korea takes himself and his leadership very seriously.

SEOUL:North Korean logistics officials arrived in South Korea on Sunday after a previous cancellation briefly cast doubts on the North's participation in next month's Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The 22 athletes will compete in three sports and a total of five disciplines, including figure skating, short-track speed skating, cross-country skiing and Alpine skiing, in addition to hockey.

"Such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago", International Olympic Committee chief Thomas Bach said in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The meeting produced an agreement that 22 athletes from North Korea will participate in the Olympic event.

South Korean authorities today started security checks on Olympic facilities in preparation for the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Games. While South Korea hopes to use the games to improve relations with its rival after a year of animosity involving North Korea's rapidly expanding nuclear weapons program, some experts view Kim's overture as an attempt to weaken USA -led global sanctions against the North and buy time to further advance his nuclear weapons program.

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North and South Korea will join forces in the women’s ice hockey at the Pyeongchang Games. Source

The two Koreas will exchange visits of working-level officials later this week to continue consultations on issues related to the North's participation in the Olympics and the ensuing Paralympics.

The Games will take place between 9 and 25 February in Pyeongchang in South Korea.

Given the lack of an explanation, and the North Korean government's general opaqueness and unpredictability, there was much speculation in South Korea about what the cancellation meant.

Part of the Olympic park in South Korea.

Thousands of demonstrators showed a similar anti-North sentiment on the streets of Seoul last November when they came out to cheer visiting U.S. President Donald Trump. North Korea will also be represented in skating and skiing, Reuters reports.

Security Council measures now in force prohibit cash transfers to the North, while the United Nations has also drawn up a blacklist of officials tied to the Stalinist Pyongyang regime, individuals whose presence at the Games will create potential stumbling blocks.

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