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Head of popular girl band leads North Korean team to South Korea

SEOUL, South Korea — The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on Sunday to check preparation.....»»

Category: sportsSource: philstar philstarJan 21st, 2018

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Category: newsSource:  manilainformerRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

North Korean girl band leader heads delegation to South

SEOUL — The head of a hugely popular North Korean girl band crossed the heavily fortified border into South Korea on yesterday as part of an official delegat.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 21st, 2018

N.Korea cancels S.Korea visit by advance team for art troupe

SEOUL — North Korea on yesterday abruptly canceled plans to send a delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band to South Korea over the weekend t.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

Koreas combined women s hockey team debuts in friendly

By Kim Tong-Hyung, Associated Press INCHEON, South Korea (AP) — Wearing a powder-blue logo of a map symbolizing peace between the Koreas, the most talked-about team at this year's Olympics finally saw game action Sunday in a friendly that drew thousands of spectators in a country that never previously showed much passion for ice hockey. The North and South Korean women's hockey players, who only began practicing together about a week ago as a combined team, showed plenty of fight in their first competitive test, crashing the boards and throwing their bodies to stop pucks and opponents, but never really threatened in a 3-1 loss to world No. 5 Sweden in Incheon, South Korea. The Koreans will play Sweden again on Feb. 12 during the Olympic tournament. But the outcome didn't seem to matter to the capacity crowd of 3,000 at the Seonhak International Ice Rink. Fans waved miniature white-and-blue flags showing a unified Korean Peninsula — the same mark on the players' uniforms — and chanted "We are one" while screaming whenever the Koreans got on the break. The arena thunderously erupted when South Korean forward Park Jong-ah cut the deficit to 2-1 during the first period. The Korean players stood to the Korean traditional tune of "Arirang" at the start of the game, instead of their respective national anthems, and received warm applause as they left the arena after the contest. "I think that the North Korean players played really well — this is one of the biggest crowds they played in front of," said Sarah Murray, the joint team's Canadian head coach. "Being added 12 days ago and not getting to practice together all that much, they played our system pretty well, so I am proud of them." The team's North Korean coach, Pak Chol Ho, said the Koreas "can do anything if they do things as one." He left the postgame news conference without taking questions. The joint Koreas team highlights a series of conciliatory measures the war-separated rivals took for the Pyeongchang games, which South Korea sees as an opportunity to revive meaningful communication with North Korea following an extended period of animosity and diplomatic stalemate over the North's nuclear program. The Olympics begin Friday, with Pyeongchang, a relatively small South Korean ski resort town, hosting the skiing, snowboarding and sliding events, and Gangneung, a coastal city about an hour's drive away, hosting the hockey, skating and curling events. North Korea plans to send hundreds of people to the games, including athletes, officials, artists and a 230-member cheering group. Skeptics think the country is trying to use the games to weaken U.S.-led sanctions and pressure and buy more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles arsenal. The decision to create the joint hockey team, which wasn't reached until January, triggered heated debate in South Korea, where many people thought the South Korean players were being unfairly asked to sacrifice playing time to their North Korean teammates, who are seen as less skilled and experienced. Murray, who coached South Korea before taking over the combined team, had also expressed concerns over team chemistry. Sunday's friendly was Murray's only opportunity to experiment with potential lineups in game situations before the start of the Olympics. She previously said the North Koreans' hard-hitting style would be suited for her fourth line, a group of players asked to provide physical play in short bursts while giving their teammates with greater scoring responsibilities a chance to rest. But after seeing them in practice and now in game action, she sees potentially bigger roles for some of the North Koreans, including Jong Su Hyon, a forward who Murray says has broken onto her second line. "They are eager to learn and get better," Murray said about the North Koreans. "We have been having team meetings with them and they ask so many questions. The meeting's supposed to be 15 minutes, and an hour later we are still talking and we are still watching video." The Korean players, at least on the surface, appear to be getting along. They arrived at the arena Sunday relaxed and playful, stretching and jumping in the hallway to get loose before gathering in a scrum and shouting "Team Korea!" Seven of the players later formed a circle and started kicking around a rubber ball, giggling whenever the ball bounced away from them. Amid a heavy police presence, hundreds of supporters began gathering outside the stadium hours before the game despite the icy weather, including dozens who danced to music in matching white parkas and hoodies with the peninsula logo and shouted "Win, Korea!" "I don't even care about the results, I just want to cheer for them and see them work together and help each other out on the ice," said Kim Hye-ryeon, 42, who brought her two children, 8 and 6, to the game. Kim Won-jin, a 33-year-old who made a several-hour trip to the game with his wife and 3 1/2-year-old son from the city of Daejeon, hoped the Korean players had overcome any uneasiness they may have had over the distribution of playing time. "If we ever get unified again, these young players of the South and North will be able to look back and be proud that what they did contributed to a historic change," he said. Not everyone was happy. Across the street from the arena, dozens of anti-Pyongyang activists glumly waved South Korean and U.S. flags to denounce what they said had become the "Pyongyang Olympics." They roared as one of the protesters ripped the banner of the peninsula logo atop a van......»»

Category: sportsSource:  abscbnRelated NewsFeb 5th, 2018

South Korea swoons as megastar from the North visits

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korea went into swoon mode Sunday, January 21 – at the feet of a party apparatchik from the North. Hyon Song-Wol is, however, no dourly-dressed, suit-wearing bureaucrat from the nuclear-armed nation, but the leader of Pyongyang's most popular girl band. Cameras followed her every move as ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 22nd, 2018

North Korea s Kim Jong-Un greets Chinese official, calls for stronger ties

SEOUL, South Korea (UPDATED) – North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un personally greeted a top Chinese official in Pyongyang and called for stronger ties with Beijing, state media from both countries said Sunday, April 15, as the traditional allies seek to heal battered relations. Kim met Song Tao, head ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 16th, 2018

North Korea s Kim Jong Un greets Chinese official, calls for stronger ties

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korean leader Kim Jong Un personally greeted a top Chinese official in Pyongyang and called for stronger ties with Beijing, state media said Sunday, April 15, as the traditional allies seek to heal battered relations. Kim met Song Tao, head of the Chinese Communist Party Central ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsApr 15th, 2018

Pyongyang Style? Seoul push for Psy to play North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea –Seoul is pushing for "Gangnam Style" star Psy to perform in next week's historic concerts by South Korean artists in the North's capital, multiple reports said. A team of at least 9 South Korean pop acts are set to visit North Korea next week for ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsMar 26th, 2018

South Korea to send envoys to North to push for Washington-Pyongyang talks

SEOUL -- South Korean President Moon Jae-in will send a team of special envoys -- including Seoul's spy chief -- to the North on Monday to push for talks between Washington and Pyongyang on nuclear weapons. The delegation, announced by Moon's office on Sunday, is the latest chapter in a….....»»

Category: newsSource:  journalRelated NewsMar 4th, 2018

South Korean MPs demand execution of North s Olympic delegate

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean lawmakers protested on Friday, February 23, over a visit by a top North Korean general for the Pyeongchang Olympics, labelling him a war criminal over the 2010 sinking of a warship and calling for his execution. Kim Yong Chol will head an eight-member delegation to ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 23rd, 2018

Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run

GANGNEUNG, South Korea --- They cheered. They cried. They hugged. They watched as fans by the thousands shouted, "We are one." Unification flags for the two Koreas, longtime rivals and sometimes bitter enemies, flapped across the Olympic arena. And now they go back home, quite possibly never to see each other again. The Korean women's hockey team, which included players from both North and South, ended its historic Olympic run on Tuesday with a fifth straight loss but a host of unforgettable feel-good sparks. Team Korea was defeated by Sweden 6-1 in a seventh-place match in the Pyeongchang Games on Tuesday, a healthy crowd again on hand to cheer them on. The team lost b...Keep on reading: Joint Koreas hockey team ends historic Olympic run.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 20th, 2018

South Korean songs given rare public performance in Pyongyang

SEOUL: North Korea has allowed songs from the South to be played in public for the first time in years, state media said Saturday, as a thaw in usually frosty ties gains momentum thanks to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. A North Korean band “played several southern songs” when they performed before party officials and artists [...] The post South Korean songs given rare public performance in Pyongyang appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsFeb 17th, 2018

Joint Olympic team makes history for two Koreas

GANGNEUNG, South Korea – North and South Korea competed together for the first time at an Olympics on Saturday, February 10, as the first of 102 gold medals were decided against a fast-moving backdrop of diplomatic maneuvering. Kim Yo Jong, the powerful sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

N.Korea invites SKorean leader for summit in Pyongyang

  SEOUL, South Korea --- A rare invitation to Pyongyang for the South Korean president marked Day Two of the North Korean Kim dynasty's southern road tour Saturday, part of an accelerated diplomatic warming that included more handshakes, some Korean liquor over lunch and the potential shared joy of watching a "unified" Korea team play hockey at the Olympics. Nothing has been settled on any trip north by South Korean President Moon Jae-in. But the verbal message to come at a "convenient time" from dictator Kim Jong Un, delivered by his visiting little sister, Kim Yo Jong, is part of a sudden rush of improving feelings between the rivals during the Pyeongchang Olympics. The ...Keep on reading: N.Korea invites SKorean leader for summit in Pyongyang.....»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsFeb 10th, 2018

North and South Korea heads of state meet, shake hands

SEOUL, South Korea – South Korean President Moon Jae-in and the North's ceremonial head of state Kim Yong Nam met and shook hands Friday ahead of the Winter Olympics opening ceremony. Kim Yong Nam, who is officially leading Pyongyang's diplomatic delegation to the Games, met Moon at a leaders' reception ahead ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsFeb 9th, 2018

North Korean Olympic ice hockey players arrive in South

SEOUL, South Korea – The North Korean women's ice hockey players who will form a unified Korean team at the Winter Olympics arrived in South Korea on Thursday, January 25, to start training with their new team-mates. The skaters, wearing North Korean team tracksuits, crossed the land border by road ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsJan 25th, 2018

NKorea cancels arts delegation visit to South before Olympics

SEOUL: North Korea has cancelled plans to send a delegation headed by the leader of an all-female Western-style band to the South this weekend to prepare cultural performances during the Olympics, Seoul’s Yonhap news agency said late Friday. Hyon Song-Wol, reportedly an ex-girlfriend of leader Kim Jong-Un, would have been the first North Korean official [...] The post NKorea cancels arts delegation visit to South before Olympics appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsJan 20th, 2018

North Korean orchestra, maybe joint hockey team at Olympics

SEOUL — North Korea's delegation to the Winter Olympics in South Korea will include a 140-member art troupe, the two sides agreed yesterday, while discussion.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJan 16th, 2018

NKorea will mass-produce nukes – Kim

SEOUL: North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un warned the United States Monday he has a “nuclear button” on his table but offered an apparent olive branch to South Korea in a New Year message, saying he was prepared for talks and may send a team to the Winter Olympics there. Kim struck a generally defiant note [...] The post NKorea will mass-produce nukes – Kim appeared first on The Manila Times Online......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimesRelated NewsJan 1st, 2018

Popular S. Korean boy band member dies in possible suicide

SEOUL, South Korea — The lead singer of popular South Korean boy band SHINee died on Monday, police said, in a possible suicide......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsDec 19th, 2017