Korea slams South for praising United States role in inter-Korean talks

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Korea slams South for praising United States role in inter-Korean talks

International Olympic Committee (IOC) President Thomas Bach, left, is escorted by South Korea's Prime Minister and acting President Hwang Kyo-ahn for a meeting in Seoul, South Korea, Tuesday, March 14, 2017.

The South has also proposed assembling a joint women's hockey team with North Korea at the Olympics.

He indicated North's participation in the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.

The meeting comes after the two Koreas last week held high-level talks for the first time in two years, agreeing to facilitate the North's participation in the Olympics.

The two Koreas held a general meeting between 1010 and 1035 KST and a meeting between chief delegates from 1200 and 1225 KST, the Ministry of Unification (MOU) said in a written statement.

The all-female Moranbong Band was formed in 2012 under the orders of the North's leader Kim Jong Un. The music group has been referred to as North Korea's version of the Spice Girls, a peculiar mixture of Korean pop music and totalitarianism.

North Korea is planning to send a large delegation to the Olympics in addition to the athletes and orchestra. He also made clear that his country will keep in step with the global community in the sanctions against North Korea. At this week's meetings between the two sovereign states, per Reuters, "Seoul proposed inter-Korean military discussions to reduce tensions" and "said it was prepared to lift some sanctions temporarily to facilitate" North Korea's visit to PyeongChang. North Korea has reportedly notified South Korea of its restoration of a military communication line with South Korea.

North Korea boycotted the 1988 Summer Games in Seoul, meaning Pyeongchang will be the first Olympics they have attended in the South.

Formed in 2012 to project a more modern image of North Korea, the Moranbong Band are among the country's few performers to have attracted worldwide interest.

The North said it would send a director of its arts and performance bureau, a conductor, the leader of North Korea's orchestra and an orchestra administrator.

According to South Korean news agency Yonhap, the North asked if the performers could enter the South through the Panmunjom "Truce Village" in the joint security area of the Demilitarized Zone, the highly fortified border between the two Koreas.

North Korea maintains that the waitresses were abducted by South Korea's National Intelligence Service and that their manager tricked them into defecting.

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