Two Koreas meet for talks over North's PyeongChang Winter Olympics participation


North Korea will send a 140-member orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics in South Korea next month, a move seen by the South's government as a conciliatory gesture following months of nuclear tensions. Although immediate fears of war have eased after the first round of intra-Korean talks in more than two years last week, tensions over Kim's missile tests remain high.

South Korea is looking to add a few extra North Korean players at the February 9-25 PyeongChang Winter Games. The sports ministry said it was discussing the matter with the International Olympic Committee to "minimize any disadvantage" for the South Korean team. But if North Korea sends a similar number of cheerleaders as it has in the past, its total delegation - including the band, high-level officials, observers, the Taekwondo demonstration team and reporters - could be the largest North Korean delegation to ever visit the South.

However, Trachta, a University of Iowa student from Iowa studying overseas in Seoul, said the North Korean nuclear threat has had zero effect on her study-abroad experience.

The country's women ice hockey team launched an attack on the government following its decision to raise the team's roster from 23 to more than 30 to include athletes from the hermit kingdom. Both the South and North will attend a meeting on Saturday with International Olympic Committee officials in Switzerland, where the IOC's headquarters are located.

The South Korean delegation is expected to be led by Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-Sung. -South Korean military drills while inter-Korean talks continue, according to The Strait Times of Singapore. They have even already threatened to not participate in the upcoming games as a result, despite their participation being granted at the request of North Korea's Supreme Leader, Kim Jong Un.

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Also discussed in the meeting were legal issues facing South Korean adoptees in the U.S. Kang said some South Korean adoptees were living with fear of deportation, without having acquired U.S. citizenship because of institutional or family issues. Initially, South Korea proposed holding working-level talks at the Peace House on the South Korean side of Panmunjom.

The public backlash underscores how North Korea diplomacy, which has often come in the form of one-sided assistance from Seoul, remains a source of bitter division and contention within South Korea.

The Foreign Ministers' Meeting on Security and Stability on the Korean Peninsula is being held in Vancouver.

Through its state-run news outlet, North Korea called Moon's "thank you" a sordid act, adding it casts doubt on the future relationship between the two countries.