North, South Korea to have working-level talks Monday on Olympics

North, South Korea to have working-level talks Monday on Olympics
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North and South Korean officials will hold talks on the Winter Olympics on Monday, according to South Korea's unification ministry.

The ministry said on Saturday that their northern counterparts had proposed holding the upcoming talks. 

“In addition, the ministry also requested for a quick response for South Korea’s proposal on Jan. 12 to have working-level talks about the North’s participation in Pyongchang Winter Olympics,” the ministry said, according to Reuters. 


The talks will take place on the North Korean side of the border village of Panmunjom, and will focus on the possibility of Pyongyang sending its performance art group to next month's winter games in South Korea. 

Officials from the two countries held their first negotiations in over two years last week ahead of the Winter Olympics in February. 

The two sides agreed on Tuesday to hold military talks and announced that North Korea would send a delegation of athletes to the Olympics. 

South Korea also said the two sides are mulling whether to send a combined women's hockey team to the games. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpGrassley: Dems 'withheld information' on new Kavanaugh allegation Health advocates decry funding transfer over migrant children Groups plan mass walkout in support of Kavanaugh accuser MORE has praised the dialogue, telling reporters last week that he would like to see North Korea take part in the games. 

Tensions between the international community and Pyongyang reached a boiling point last year amid taunting messages between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and a series of tests by North Korea. 

The United Nations Security Council voted last month to impose sanctions aimed at strangling North Korea's already isolated economy.