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Saturday, January 13, 2018, 18:08
DPRK offers talks with ROK on art troupe's visit
By Xinhua
Saturday, January 13, 2018, 18:08 By Xinhua

In this Aug 10, 2005 file photo, Lieutenant Choi Don-rim, left, of the Republic of Korea, talks with an officer of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea during a call at a military office near the Demilitarized Zone in Paju, north of Seoul. The DPRK offered the ROK to hold talks about the dispatch of its art troupe to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said Jan 13, 2018. (POOL / AFP)

SEOUL -- The Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) offered the Republic of Korea (ROK) to hold talks about the dispatch of its art troupe to the 2018 Winter Olympics, Seoul's unification ministry said Saturday.

The DPRK proposed to ROK to hold a working-level dialogue on Jan 15 in Tongilgak, a building controlled by the DPRK in the truce village of Panmunjom, to discuss the dispatch of its art troupe to the ROK-hosted Winter Olympics.

The proposal letter was sent to the ROK side through the restored hotline of direct dialogue in Panmunjom, which straddles the heavily guarded inter-Korean land border.

It was a counterproposal to ROK's offer on Friday to hold working-level talks on Jan 15 at the Peace House in the ROK side of Panmunjom to discuss the dispatch of all delegations from the DPRK, including the art group.

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The DPRK said it will notify ROK of its proposed schedules for dialogues about other issues such as the dispatch of athletes and cheering squads.

On Tuesday, the two Koreas held senior-level talks in Panmunjom, the first high-level dialogue between the two Koreas in about two years, agreeing that the DPRK will join the 2018 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games scheduled from February to March in ROK's eastern county of PyeongChang.

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