DPRK delegation arrives in ROK to inspect concert venues
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A seven-member delegation of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) arrived in the Republic of Korea (ROK) on Sunday to inspect venues for its proposed art performances during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, according to the Yonhap News Agency.
Led by Hyon Song Wol, head of the Samjiyon Orchestra, the delegation crossed the border on Sunday morning through the Gyeongui railway line. Several ROK officials greeted its members at the immigration office at Dorasan Station in Paju.
Hyon Song Wol (R), head of the DPRK's Samjiyon Orchestra, is greeted by a ROK official as she arrives at the immigration office, just south of the demilitarized zone, in Paju, the ROK, January 21, 2018. /VCG Photo

Hyon Song Wol (R), head of the DPRK's Samjiyon Orchestra, is greeted by a ROK official as she arrives at the immigration office, just south of the demilitarized zone, in Paju, the ROK, January 21, 2018. /VCG Photo

The delegation then boarded a train to PyeongChang, where the Winter Olympic Games will be held from February 9-25.
The two-day trip was previously scheduled to start on Saturday, but was canceled with no explanation. Officials from the two sides used a cross-border hotline to reschedule the visit.
Pyongyang plans to send a 140-member art performance group, consisting of an orchestra, singers, and dancers, for concerts in Seoul and Gangneung.
The preparations are part of the DPRK's participation in the games, a sign of the easing of tensions on the Korean Peninsula after a year of confrontation between Pyongyang and Washington over the DPRK's nuclear and missile program.
Thomas Bach, president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), announced on Saturday that a delegation of the DPRK's National Olympic Committee would participate in PyeongChang 2018. Twenty-two DPRK athletes will compete in three sports and five disciplines.
Under arrangements agreed by Pyongyang and Seoul and approved by the IOC, the DPRK and the ROK's delegations will march together under the name "Korea" and the Korean Unification Flag at the opening ceremony.
The two sides will also field a unified women's hockey team.
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