S. Korea, DPRK to hold talks over DPRK's dispatch of art troupe to Winter Olympics
South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) agreed on Saturday to hold working-level talks next week to discuss the DPRK's dispatch of its art troupe to the South Korea-hosted Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said.
North Korea's top delegate to the six-party talks, including South Korea's Unification Minister, Unification Minister Hwang Kyun-kyung, and North Korea's chief delegate, Lee Sun-kwon, chairman of the Peace and Reunification Committee, are shaking hands at a high-level conference on January 9,2018. [Photo: IC]
South Korea accepted the DPRK's counterproposal earlier in the day to first discuss the dispatch of its art troupe to the winter sports event on Jan. 15 at Tongilgak, a building controlled by the DPRK in the truce village of Panmunjom.
Seoul originally offered Friday to Pyongyang holding working-level talks about the dispatch of all DPRK delegations, including athletes and cheering squads, to the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games set to run from February to March in South Korea's eastern county of Pyeongchang.
The DPRK made a counterproposal early Saturday, offering to talk first about the art troupe's dispatch.
Seoul asked Pyongyang to rapidly decide on when to discuss other issues on the DPRK's participation in the South Korea-hosted winter sports event.
The working-level talks will come after the two Koreas held the first high-level dialogue in around two years on Tuesday at the Peace House in the South Korean side of Panmunjom.
The DPRK agreed to send its delegations to Pyeongchang, promising to hold a separate dialogue on military affairs with South Korea.