“Such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago"
The head of a popular North Korean girl band has led a delegation into South Korea ahead of next month’s Winter Olympics.
Dubbed as North Korea’s ‘Spice Girl’, Hyon Song-wol appeared live on South Korean television boarding a train from Seoul to Gangneung, according to Ottowa Citizen.
Hyon is set to perform with her troupe in Gangneung during next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.
The visit is part of a reconciliation between North and South Korea ahead of the games which will see their athletes march together under a ‘unification flag’.
Hyon, who is the leader of all-female Moranbong Band, isalso rumoured to be North Korean leader Kim Jong-un’s former lover. She was part of last week’s talks between the two countries at the border.
22 North Korean athletes were allowed to participate in the Olympics – a decision made by the International Olympic Committee only hours prior to Hyon’s arrival in South Korea. 12 women will also join South Korea’s female hockey team to create Korea’s first-ever unified Olympic team.
“Such an agreement would have seemed impossible only a few weeks ago,” IOC chief Thomas Bach said in Lausanne, Switzerland.
Last year, BIGBANG singer Taeyang was appointed as an ambassador for the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.