TEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -South Korea says it is continuing discussions with North Korea on the holding of joint events during the Winter Olympics next month despite the recent cancellation by Pyongyang of one such event.
South Korea’s Unification Ministry announced on Tuesday that Pyongyang had sent a message on Monday night stating that it would not hold a joint cultural event at North Korea’s Diamond Mountain on February 4 as part of ceremonies to mark the Winter Games in the South’s Pyengchang City.
The ministry further cited Pyongyang as saying that it had no other option but to cancel the project, blaming South Korean media reports for encouraging “insulting” public sentiments and carrying reports that undermined its “sincere” efforts for participation in the Olympics.
Despite that cancellation, the North and South were still in talks to work out a plan to send South Korean athletes to train at North Korea’s Masikryong ski resort, an official at South Korea’s Unification Ministry told Reuters anonymously.
The two Koreas launched rare talks in early January to bring North Koreans to the Pyeongchang Games after the North’s leader Kim Jong-un expressed his willingness to open up discussions with Seoul during his New Year’s speech.