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N.K. notifies S. Korea it will send advance team Sunday ahead of Olympic art performance

All Headlines 20:25 January 20, 2018

SEOUL, Jan. 20 (Yonhap) -- North Korea informed South Korea on Saturday that it will send an advance team later this week in preparation for a trip by its art troupe to the South during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, Seoul officials said.

The North said it will send a seven-member team Sunday to check the venues for its proposed art performances in Seoul and Gangnueng, which is located some 260 kilometers east of the capital, according to Seoul's unification ministry.

The delegation will be led by Hyon Song-wol, the leader of the all-female Moranbong Band, it added. Kim Jong-un ordered the creation of the band in 2012, and it features Western-style music and outfits.

The ministry said the advance team will use a western land route and stay for two days. It said it will respond after considering the North's proposal.

The announcement comes after the North abruptly notified South Korea late Friday that it was canceling a visit originally scheduled for Saturday.

The art troupe will be part of a North Korean delegation to the Winter Olympics that will also include athletes and high-ranking officials. The PyeongChang Olympics are slated to be held from Feb. 9-25.

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