South Korea wants answers after North Korea cancels inspection trip to check performance venues

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Meanwhile... South Korea is demanding answers from North Korea... after the regime pulled the plug last minute on a two-day trip by a North Korean delegation to inspect performance venues in South Korea for their art troupe.
The performers are set to come to the South for the upcoming PyeongChang Winter Olympics.
Ji Myung-kil has more.
The seven-member inspection team was going to be led by Hyon Song-wol... known as the current leader of the all-female band Moranbong,... favored by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.
Formed in 2012,... the North's most famous pop group is known for their military uniform-style costumes, extravagant stage shows revealing a certain degree of Western cultural adoptions.

The North Korean delegation had planned to enter the South via the western land border and spend the first day touring venues in the city of Gangneung, where the ice events of the PyeongChang Winter Olympics will take place.
On the second day, they were going to inspect the performance venues in Seoul.

Following the last-minute cancellation,... South Korea on Saturday demanded an explanation via the Panmunjeom communication hotline.

(Korean)
"We told North Korea that we are willing to reschedule the visit by the North's inspection team for the art troupe as we are prepared to receive them."

Minister Cho also said Seoul will push ahead with its plan to send an inspection team to the North for joint training and cultural events at the North's Masikryong Ski Resort and Mount Kumgang prior to the Olympics.
Seoul plans to send a twelve-member team to the North using the eastern land route on Tuesday for a three-day inspection.

With about three weeks left until the Olympics, Pyongyang's abrupt cancellation late Friday has raised concerns that preparations for the North's participation at the Winter Olympics might not be smooth sailing.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.


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