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Scenes of young North Korean artists performing for South Korean audiences could have huge implications. They could be moments of rare inter-Korean reconciliation after a year of high tensions over the North’s nuclear and long-range missile tests. Kwon Hyok-bong, left, of North Korea’s delegation, exchanging documents on Monday with Lee Woo-sung of South Korea’s delegation. The two sides agreed that North Korea will send a 140-member orchestra to perform during the Winter Olympics.CreditSouth Korea Unification Ministry, via Associated Press Or the event could be a source of bitter controversy in the South, depending on what songs the North Korean artists perform. To avoid having the orchestra performances become a political controversy, South Korean negotiators are expected to insist that the North Korean artists not sing songs or use stage props that would surely cause ire among South Koreans, including any references to, or images of, North Korean missiles. During the talks on Monday, the North promised to play traditional Korean folk songs that “fit the mood for unification and are well known on both sides,” as well as classical music, said the chief South Korean delegate, Lee Woo-sung. Mr. Lee said more discussions were expected to work out other details of North Korean performances. The South Korean government said it hoped that the North Korean orchestra would “contribute to improving relations and recovering the cultural homogeneity.” Both sides have not decided whether the North Koreans will hold any joint concerts with a South Korean orchestra.
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