Korea performers' delegation to be in South tomorrow


A KOREAN unity deal for the Pyeongchang Olympics will see 22 North Korean athletes cross the border with South Korea to compete and march together under a unification flag at the opening ceremony.

Wearing a dark blue coat and a fur shawl around her neck, Hyon was greeted by a barrage of camera flashes as she boarded a bullet train from Seoul headed to the eastern city of Gangneung, where the North's cultural delegation is expected to perform. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced last Saturday that 12 North Korean players will join the 23-player South Korean team, with a minimum three North Koreans to be included on the 22-player game roster.

The EU says it will continue to pressure North Korea over its "accelerated development of nuclear and ballistic programs in flagrant disregard of previous U.N. Security Council resolutions".

This was reflected during the initial North-South talks of January 9 in which North Korean delegation head Ri Son Gwon made the extra effort to clarify that the regime's weapons program was not up for debate and were "only aimed at the United States, not our brethren, China or Russia".

Hyon was the subject of lurid 2013 reports in the South that she and around a dozen other state musicians had been executed for appearing in porn movies.

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The other sporting events the North Koreans will compete in are figure skating, short track speed skating, Alpine skiing and cross-country skiing.

South Korea's Ministry of Unification on Saturday requested an explanation, and informed the North that Seoul intends to follow the plans agreed to in the high-level talks. However, many challenges remain, including developing team chemistry and winning public support in South Korea.

Many people sympathize with the South Korean athletes who would likely be sacrificing opportunities for the North's players, who are considered less skilled and experienced.

"We need wisdom and efforts to keep alive the chances for dialogue we've pulled off miraculously after the Pyeongchang Olympics", Moon said. Officials from #North Korea and South Korea have met in the headquarters of the #International Olympic Committee (IOC) to discuss and iron out various issues connected to the Games to be held in Pyeongchang next month.

"[The participation] will play a huge role in the success of the PyeongChang Olympics and Paralympics and be a big help for our economy".

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Diplomats have reportedly been invited to attend festivities in Pyongyang to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the North's regular army on February 8, a day before the Winter Olympics' opening ceremony.

The visit comes as it was reported that one in 1o North Koreas in the Olympic delegation will actually be secret agents tasked with keeping a close eye athletes don't step out of line.

Outside critics have dismissed Kim's overture as a tactic to use improved ties with Seoul to weaken USA -led global sanctions over North Korea's advancing nuclear and missile programs.

Conservative protesters set fire to a picture of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and the North's national flag at a rally Monday.

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