North Korea cancels cultural show with South after media criticism

Asia Times Online reports: “In an early sign of the difficulties the two Koreas may face as the North’s last-minute participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics proceeds, North Korea suddenly canceled a joint cultural performance late on Monday night.

With the two nations planning a range of events around the Olympics as goodwill measures, they had scheduled a joint cultural performance at the North’s Mount Kumgang tourist resort on the east coast, just north of the De-Militarized Zone on Feb 4.

But the show was abruptly canceled late last night, with the North citing unfavorable media coverage in the South as the reason for its pullout.

According to a statement from the South’s Ministry of Unification that was picked up by news agencies, North Korea said media outlets had ‘defamed’ it, and slammed criticism of an ‘internal celebration event.’

The South described the North’s decision ‘regrettable’ and called on the North to faithfully implement all agreements…”

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