South Korea on Saturday agreed to North Korea's proposal to hold talks next week on its plan to send an art troupe to the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, Seoul's Unification Ministry said.
As South Korea prepares for the North's participation in the Feb. 9 to 25 Olympics, Pyongyang called earlier in the day for the meeting on Monday at Tongilgak, a building on the North Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjeom, the ministry said.
The request came a day after South Korea offered working-level talks to discuss arrangements for North Korea's entire delegation to the Winter Olympics following an agreement between both sides earlier this week.
North Korea, however, has yet to give a response to the South Korean proposal, according to the ministry, which handles inter-Korean affairs.
On Tuesday, North Korea agreed to send a delegation, including athletes, cheerleaders and an art trope, as well as high-ranking government officials, to the Olympics, when the two countries held their first formal talks in more than two years.
The two Koreas have agreed to hold working-level talks and the venue of those Seoul proposed on Friday is the south side of the border village.
North Korea's popular all-female music group Moranbong Band and other art troupes have served as important propaganda outlets.
Some government officials and experts in Seoul believe that North Korea is seeking to lead the forthcoming discussions by first prioritizing logistics of the artists' visit, before making arrangements for its athletes and other members of the delegation.
For its proposed talks, North Korea said it is prepared to send four art officials, including Hyon Song Wol, a well-known singer who led the Moranbong Band's trip to Beijing in December 2015.
The band formed by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which was to perform its first concert abroad in the heart of the Chinese capital, abruptly returned home on the day of the show, due to disagreements between the two countries.
The concerts initially scheduled for three days were seen as a sign of warming relations between China and North Korea. But the cancelation further cooled them.