N. Korea to send orchestra to Winter Olympics

Seoul:  North Korea agreed with South Korea on Monday to send a 140-member orchestra to the South Korea-hosted Winter Olympics, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.

The agreement came after delegates from the two countries held working-level talks at Tongilgak, a North Korea building in the truce village of Panmunjom which straddles the heavily guarded inter-Korean land border, Xinhua news agency reported.

North Korea will send the art troupe during the 2018 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games set to run from February to March in South Korea's eastern county of Pyeongchang.

During the Olympic period, North Korean art troupe will hold concerts in South Korea's capital Seoul and Gangneung near the Pyeongchang county.

The orchestra will cross the inter-Korean land border through Panmunjom to get to South Korea, according to the Ministry.

South Korea agreed to provide the performance venue and necessary facilities, while North Korea agreed to send its advance team for the performance as rapidly as possible.

Source: IANS