As the two Koreas hash out the Olympics agenda on Monday, signs the South may see a different sort of K-pop at the Winter Olympics. The leader of a girl group handpicked by Kim Jong-un called Moranbong was part of the day's talks. Officials say they were hammering out details about sending a so-called R-troop to the Olympics that may include singers, dancers, and an orchestra.
It's part of the two sides' first official dialogue in two years, which kicked off last week, meant to sooth tensions and avoid any mistakes flaring up into full blown conflict, especially during the Olympic Games. On Tuesday, a separate meeting about the North will kick off in Canada with foreign ministers from 20 different nations including the US looking for ways to cut off the North's weapons programme.
But one key player for any long-term solution won't be there, China.>> This meeting will not help resolve tensions in the Korean Peninsula. It's strange that some relevant parties are using a Cold War approach, we are resolutely opposed to it.>> The Vancouver meeting comes as border talks have set Korean tensions at relative ease, at least temporarily.
The North and South may have another meeting to work out plans for the Olympics as soon as Wednesday.