Head of Popular Girl Band Leads North Korean Team to South Korea

IOC meets on N Korea participation in Winter Games

IOC meets on N Korea participation in Winter Games

IOC President Thomas Bach today announced that a delegation from the National Olympic Committee (NOC) of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) will participate at the Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018.

North Korean Hyon Song Wol, center, head of North Korea's art troupe, arrives at the Seoul Train Station in Seoul to leave for Gangneung, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018.

In an apparent move to soothe Pyongyang, South Korean officials appealed on Saturday to local news outlets, asking them not to carry speculative articles or dwell too much on controversial aspects of the North's participation in the games.

The 22 North Korean athletes mark more North Koreans at a Winter Olympics than the last six Winter Games combined. The North Korean athletes will be handed quota places, a rarely-used form of wild card, to allow them to compete in ice skating, skiing and ice hockey.

The North Korean delegation had been scheduled to visit yesterday but cancelled just before the visit with no explanation.

The reconciliation mood between the Koreas began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year's speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics.

Hyun also serves as director of the Moranbong Band, the country's well-known all-female musical group, reportedly created at the order of leader Kim Jong-un.

Hyon, who is also an alternate member of the ruling party's Central Committee, is travelling with six other North Koreans.

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North Korea will send a delegation of more than 400, including 230 cheerleaders, 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players for a demonstration, a joint press statement released by Seoul's Unification Ministry said, adding the precise number of athletes will be hammered out after discussions with the International Olympic Committee scheduled for later this week.

An additional berth in the pairs figure skating was made for North Korea's Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik.

It came as a pleasant surprise to the world - perhaps the U.S. apart - when the porky lunatic Kim Jong-un announced that a handful of athletes, plus dignitaries and some undoubtedly entertaining singers and dancers would cross the border and perform.

"We can only take 23 players to the Olympics, and they thought these North Koreans are going to come in and take our spots", Murray said.

The united women's hockey team will be the first time the two Koreas will have joined together in Olympic events.

But Moon's critics, including much of South Korea's generally conservative media, have argued that the North will use the Olympics as a propaganda opportunity, to try to weaken global resolve over enforcing sanctions against the North for its nuclear programme.

"It includes singing and dancing parts as well", Chong Chi-yong, artistic director of the Korean Symphony Orchestra and part of Seoul's negotiating team, told a local daily.

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