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5. S.Korean artists to perform in North

South Korea's Unification Ministry says the country has agreed to send an art troupe of about 160 members to North Korea for performances in the capital Pyongyang.

The ministry made the announcement on Tuesday, after the 2 Koreas held working-level talks at the border village of Panmunjom earlier in the day.

South Korean artists are to hold 2 performances during their 4-day visit to Pyongyang from March 31st.

The ministry said the performers include pop singer Cho Yong-pil and Seohyun, a member of idol group Girls' Generation.

South Korean officials plan to visit Pyongyang for 3 days from Thursday to check equipment at the 2 venues.

No South Korean artists have performed in the North since November 2007.

An NHK correspondent in Seoul says the 2 Koreas apparently aim to promote a conciliatory mood ahead of an inter-Korean summit planned for late April.