SEOUL (Reuters) – The Unification Ministry of South Korea said on Saturday that the sudden cancellation of the planned visit of a North Korean delegation to the south to prepare for the Northern Art Company during the Olympic Winter Games "no It was a permanent cancellation. "
"It is not a permanent cancellation when sending your advanced equipment for performance, it is a tentative cancellation," said a ministry official.
A seven-member team from North Korea had been scheduled to visit on Saturday to verify the venues for the performances, the Unification Ministry said earlier.
It was not clear whether the cancellation cast doubt on preparations for the North's participation in the coming months at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea, an apparent diplomatic breakthrough after months of high tension over the nuclear program and of missiles from the North.
North Korea has not yet revealed the reason why the advance team is not shipping, the official said on Saturday.
However, North Korea and South Korea will continue to discuss issues related to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics next month through the direct line between the two Koreas over the weekend, and the subject of the sudden change in the The timetable of the delegation could be discussed, the official added.
Meanwhile, North Korea called the statements of the UN Secretary-General this week about its nuclear tests and ballistic missile launches as "biased" for not bringing the United States to the task of its own program and attacked the United States and other nations for calling North Korea's nuclear program "violations of resolutions".
North Korea said the comments with which it disagreed were in the line that "the United States is desperately trying to reverse the trend towards detente and the improvement of inter-Korean relations, which is difficult to achieve now", apparently referring to the Apparent diplomatic advance. surrounding the Winter Olympics, according to a statement from the Permanent Mission of the DPRK to the United Nations.
Report of Haejin Choi; Written by Joyce Lee; Michael Perry edition