N Korea to send delegation to Olympics

January 09, 2018

South Korean delegates before leaving for the border village of Panmunjom.

North and South Korea are set to hold rare talks at their tense border to discuss how to cooperate in next month's Winter Olympics in the South and improve their long-strained ties.

Senior South Korean officials left Seoul early in the morning Tuesday for the meeting in the Demilitarised Zone that divides the two countries.

The rival Koreas' first formal talks in about two years came about as North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made an apparent push for improved ties with the South after a year of elevated tension over his country's nuclear and missile tests.

Critics of the meeting say Kim may be trying to divide Seoul and Washington in a bid to weaken international pressure and sanctions over the tests.

South Korean officials said they would focus first on Olympic cooperation before dealing with tougher political and military issues. Moon's government wants North Korea to take part in the Games as a way to improve relations.

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