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2. N.Korea puts off talks on high-ranking delegation

North Korea has asked that talks on sending a high-ranking delegation to South Korea for the upcoming Winter Games be postponed.

The 2 Koreas agreed on a visit by high-ranking North Korean officials to next month's PyeongChang Olympics at their ministerial talks on January 9th.

But South Korea's Unification Ministry has revealed that the 2 sides did not discuss the matter at Wednesday's vice-ministerial talks due to a request by the North to delay discussions.

South Korean media say the North is waiting to see who the other countries will send, to maximize the political impact of its delegation.

For the 2014 Asian Games in Incheon, North Korea sent high-level officials to the closing ceremony.

At that time, Workers' Party Vice Chairman Choe Ryong Hae met with senior South Korean officials during their visit.

Regarding the PyeongChang Olympics, South Koreans have listed Vice Chairman Choe, the chairman of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam and leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister Kim Yo Jong among possible high-ranking officials to be sent to the South.
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