North Korea abruptly cancels crucial Olympics preparation visit to South without explanation

North Korea abruptly cancels crucial Olympics preparation visit to South without explanation

The nuclear-armed North agreed last week to participate in the Olympics, which will take place just 80 kilometres (50 miles) south of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the peninsula, easing tensions over its banned weapons programmes.

Some military vehicles could also be involved, he added.

A senior official at the Unification Ministry said the team was planning to look around Gangneung, Gangwon, on Saturday, and then travel to Seoul on Sunday, staying in South Korea for a total of two days.

Late on Friday, Pyongyang informed Seoul about the cancellation of its specialists' visit to South Korea, who were supposed to check the venues for the North Korean artists' planned performances.

"We sent a document (to the North) at around 11:20 a.m. [2:20 GMT] via the Panmunjom communications channel demanding an explanation for the North's cancellation to dispatch its cultural advance inspection team", Cho was quoted as saying by the Yonhap news agency.

The advance team was to be led by Hyon Song-wol, head of the North's Samjiyon Orchestra.

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South Korean athletes have expressed worries about losing their places due to a merger with the North Korean hockey team, which is not now strong enough to qualify for the Olympics.

The Alps Ski Resort's decline is part of a nationwide trend in less South Koreans taking to the slopes. Seoul is attempting to check with North Korean officials through the newly activated hotline, which remained dormant for more than two years, about the development.

Hyon is also an alternate member of the ruling Workers' Party's Central Committee.

The reconciliation mood between the Koreas began after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in a New Year's speech that he was willing to send a delegation to the Olympics.

The International Olympic Committee will host officials from the Koreas in Switzerland this weekend to approve the agreement and iron out details of their cooperation amid concerns about a joint hockey team.

Adams also confirmed that the USA did not object to North Korea's participation in the Winter Olympics, despite tough global sanctions imposed upon them, the Yonhap news agency reported.

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