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

In this Dec. 29, 2017, photo, a man walks by the official emblem of the 2018 Pyeongchang Olympic Winter Games, in downtown Seoul, South Korea. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said Monday the United States should be aware that his country's nuclear forces are now a reality, not a threat. But he also struck a conciliatory tone in his New Year's address, wishing success for the Winter Olympics set to begin in the South in February and suggesting the North may send a delegation to participate. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — A North Korean delegation led by the head of a hugely popular girl band has arrived in South Korea to check preparations for a Northern art troupe during next month's Winter Olympics.

Seoul's Unification Ministry says the North Korean delegation crossed the borderline on Sunday inside the heavily fortified Demilitarized Zone bisecting the two Koreas.

The North first abruptly canceled the visit this weekend, just hours after proposing it through a cross-border hotline, then late Saturday announced it would go ahead.

The delegation is led by Hyon Song Wol, head of the art troupe which is to perform twice in during the Pyoengchang Olympics. She is also the leader of Pyongyang's Moranbong Band, which was hand-picked by leader Kim Jong Un.

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