February 5, 2018 / 2:09 AM / 4 months ago

North Korean art troupe to perform at Olympics under sanctions exemption: South Korea

SEOUL (Reuters) - A North Korean art troupe will likely travel by ship to stage a performance in South Korea for this week’s Winter Olympics under an exemption from bilateral sanctions, South Korea’s Unification Ministry said on Monday.

FILE PHOTO: North Korean ferry Mangyongbong 92 arrives at the northern port of Niigata in Japan May 18, 2005. REUTERS/Toshiyuki Aizawa/File photo

The North has proposed that the delegation use the Mangyongbong 92, a ferry that chiefly operates between North Korea and Russia, for transportation and lodging, ministry spokesman Baik Tae-hyun told a news briefing.

In May 2010, South Korea banned all North Korean ships from entering its ports and cut off most inter-Korean exchanges, including tourism, trade and aid, in response to a torpedo attack by the North on a navy ship that killed 46 sailors.

“We’re seeking to apply an exemption for the May (2010) measures to support a successful hosting of the Olympics,” Baik said.

Reporting by Hyonhee Shin; Editing by Paul Tait

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