North Korea and South Korea have today exchanged lists of delegates for tomorrow’s scheduled talks on the former’s participation at next month's Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, according to officials in Seoul.
The talks, due to take place in the truce village of Panmunjom, will focus on whether the two Koreas can reach an agreement on a joint march at the Opening Ceremony of the Games on February 9 and the fielding of a joint women's hockey team.
These proposals were made during talks last week, but North Korea has not yet responded.
South Korean news agency Yonhap reported that South Korea’s three-member delegation in Panmunjom will be led by Vice-Unification Minister Chun Hae-sung.
North Korea’s chief delegate will be Jon Jong-su, vice-chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Country.
The country’s delegation also includes Vice-Sports Minister Won Kil-u.
"We plan to focus on discussions about the North's participation," Chun was reported as saying by Yonhap.
It was confirmed yesterday that North Korea had agreed to send a 140-member orchestra to South Korea during Pyeongchang 2018, following a meeting between neighbouring officials.
The country's plan to send an art troupe to the Games was the main item on the agenda at a meeting between the two nations in Panmunjom, the second set of high-level talks in less than a week.
South Korea's Unification Ministry confirmed the Samjiyon Orchestra from North Korea would hold concerts in Gangneung, the home of ice sports at Pyeongchang 2018, and in Seoul.
"There was an agreement on an art troupe on Monday (January 15), but there should be consultations over the others who will make the trip," Chun added.
"It is not easy to resolve pending inter-Korean issues at one time.
"With about 20 days before the Games, we want to centre on the Olympics."
Transport and accommodation for North Korea’s delegation is also due to be discussed as part of the talks tomorrow.
North Korea and South Korea have previously competed together under the unification flag in 1991 when they played as a single team in the World Table Tennis Championships in Chiba in Japan and the World Youth Football Championship in Lisbon in Portugal.
They marched together at the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Summer Olympics, and at the Turin 2006 Winter Olympics, but more recent attempts at joining forces have proved unsuccessful.
International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach is due to chair a four-party meeting, involving representatives from North and South Korea, in Lausanne on Saturday (January 20) to discuss North Korea's participation at Pyeongchang 2018.
Pairs figure skaters Ryom Tae-Ok and Kim Ju-Sik are the only North Korean athletes to have so far qualified for Pyeongchang 2018.
They missed a deadline last month to accept their spot, but this will also be discussed at the meeting in Lausanne.