As talks continue between the two Koreas — following a sudden breakthrough earlier this month an unlikely face popped up at the demilitarized zone as diplomats sat down together Monday: Hyon Song Wol, a member of Kim’s personal girl band, Moranbong. Hyon’s presence suggests Moranbong may be attending next month’s Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Pyongyang and Seoul are currently discussing whether to field a joint ice hockey team for the games, the first time the two Koreas will have competed under one flag. North Korea will send a high-level delegation comprising athletes, a cheering squad, an art troupe, a visitors’ group, a taekwondo demonstration team and a press corps, negotiators said in a joint statement last week.
In a statement Monday, negotiators said Pyongyang would also send the 140-member Samjiyeon Orchestra as part of its delegation. The release did not mention Moranbong. Moranbong was formed in 2012 by Kim himself, and often performs in military uniforms, singing synthesizer-backed paeans about the authoritarian leader’s “sweet smile.”