North Korea to send 140 members of Samjiyon Orchestra to PyeongChang Winter Olympics

북, 140명 구성된 삼지연 관현악단 동계 올림픽 기간 동안 남파
A renowned North Korean orchestra will be performing both in Seoul and Gangneung, near the main site for next month's PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
The decision was sealed after a second meeting between the two Koreas on Monday,... but it's not yet clear whether Kim Jong-un's favorite all-girl group will also make the trip south.
Ji Myung-kil has more.


North Korea said on Monday it will send 1-hundred-forty members of its Samjiyon Orchestra to South Korea during the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
The troupe will perform in the South Korean capital of Seoul and the city of Gangneung in Gangwon-do Province.
Gangneung is one of the Olympic host cities... where the ice events of the games will take place.

(Korean)
"Seoul and Pyongyang have agreed to continue their talks to decide on the exact venue for the performance, stage settings and technical aspects such as the show."

The North said it will send an on-site inspection team to check-out the venues and to discuss practical matters along with South Korean officials.
In response, South Korea promised to provide the North Korean performers with all the necessary support to ensure their comfort and safety.

The 140 members from the orchestra will be coming to South Korea by land.
They will cross the truce village of Panmunjeom on the inter-Korean border.
The two sides have agreed to continue consultations via their reopened communication hotline also located in Panmunjeom.

North Korea observers say Pyongyang could use such art and music performances to convey a softer image amid tightened international sanctions against the regime's nuclear and missile provocations.

Following Monday's talks... the two Koreas also agreed to hold further talks on Wednesday, this time on the vice-ministerial level in regards to the participation of North Korean athletes in the PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

(Stand-up)
"The South Korean government hopes that the North's art performance during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will help improve bilateral relations and foster cultural unity between the South and North.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News."


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