N. Korea Proposes Working-Level Talks to Discuss Sending Performing Artists

North and South Korea officials hold talks for the first time in two years

North and South Korea officials hold talks for the first time in two years

The White House said Wednesday that Pence will attend the opening ceremonies of the games, scheduled for February 9 in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

The North confirmed it would attend next month's Olympics in the South at a rare inter-Korean meeting last week, following months of tensions over its nuclear weapons programme.

The North said it will inform the South of a date to discuss sending athletes and a cheering squad to the PyeongChang Olympics at a later time.

Jarrod Agen, Pence's deputy chief of staff, said Pence would travel to the Olympics "to reinforce the strong US presence on the Korean Peninsula and send a clear message of American resolve to the North Korean regime".

The Unification Ministry said North Korea wanted to send a delegation headed by the director of the arts and performance bureau of the North's culture ministry to next Monday's talks.

The Moranbong band is an all-female music group performing pop, rock and fusion styles, whose members are reportedly selected by the leader Kim Jong-Un himself.

During the talks, which are the first to take place between the North and South in more than two years, South Korea's second vice-minister for tradition, sports activities and tourism brought up the possibility of combining the women's ice hockey team.

US President Donald Trump informed his South Korean counterpart Moon Jae-In of the decision during their phone call earlier in the day, according to a White House statement on Wednesday.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

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