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>> A sign of friction between the Koreas over the Olympics late Monday when Pyongyang called off an upcoming cultural event with artists from both sides ahead of the games. The North says South Korean media are to blame. They claim the media encouraged, quote, insulting sentiment among the public in South Korea, amount to what Pyongyang calls sincere efforts for next month's Winter games.
It's unclear which reports were at fault but the North says it has no choice but to cancel the event which was set for Sunday. South Korean leader Moon Jae-in has face loud criticism for how he has handled North Korea at the games. And there has been over a 100 petitions against the unified women's hockey team on his administration website.
However, officials in the South say they still want to pursue other joint events. That includes sending their athletes to a ski resort in the North and a different concert by a North Korean orchestra, in the South. Seoul says the North cancellation was very regrettable and has stressed Pyongyang should uphold its end of agreements made in ongoing talks.