HONG KONG — A North Korean delegation wrapped up a uncommon go to to South Korea on Monday to plan cultural performances there throughout the Winter Olympics, and was met with each enthusiastic crowds and indignant protests because it checked out venues in Seoul.
The visiting delegation has drawn intense curiosity and ignited a media frenzy specializing in the North Korean singer Hyon Song-wol. Native reporters have nicknamed her the “lady on a steed” after one in every of her hottest songs, “A Girl in the Saddle of a Steed.”
Reflecting the passions surrounding the two-day go to, South Korean activists used a blowtorch to burn a big picture of Kim Jong-un, North Korea’s chief, and a North Korean flag as Ms. Hyon’s delegation was touring Monday via the sprawling Seoul Station. However cops put out the blaze with hearth extinguishers earlier than the picture was destroyed.
South Korean leaders hope the North’s participation within the Olympics subsequent month in Pyeongchang, together with the cultural occasions, will pave the way in which for hotter ties between the 2 international locations and ease tensions over the North’s nuclear program.
The 2 Koreas have agreed to march together within the opening ceremony of the Olympics and to kind a unified women’s ice hockey team, the primary inter-Korean group ever fielded throughout Olympic competitors. However a plan to have athletes from the 2 international locations march underneath a “unification flag” has alarmed some conservative South Koreans, who worry it would distract consideration from the North’s quickly advancing nuclear and missile packages.