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North Korea wants its girl band to perform at the Olympics

North Korea wants its girl band to perform at the Olympics

North Korea is gonna tell ‘em what they want, what they really really want.

The hermit kingdom’s leading girl band — which shares a bit of style with the Spice Girls, the 1990s British chart-busting pop group — looks to be making a play for an appearance at the Winter Olympics.

If they pull it off at talks due to start Monday in the Panmunjom peace village, the world may be treated to such Moranbong band hits as “My Country is the Best!” and “Let’s Support Our Supreme Commander with Arms.”

An Olympic appearance would be the first time on an international stage for Moranbong, whose 20 mini-skirted members were “hand-picked” by Kim Jong-Un to form the band in 2012 and sing mainly songs in tribute to the Dear Leader.

More typical are performances like the one in July on a Pyongyang stage before a jumbo screen showing North Korea’s new intercontinental ballistic missile, Hwasong-14, shooting into the sky while the band performed a set that included their hit ”Make Others Envy Us.”

The North-South talks planned Monday are to include talks about having a North Korean performance art grouip participate in the Olympics, which start Feb. 9 in PyeongChang, about 50 miles south of the demilitarized zone that separate the two Koreas.

One of the four North Korean delegates to Monday’s meeting is Hyon Song-Wol, the leader of the Moranbong band and rumored ex-girlfriend of dictator Kim Jong-un.

Hyon was rumored to have been executed in 2013. But she re-emerged the following year and earned a spot on the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea’s Central Committee last year.

South Korea had planned to send its vice unification minister to discuss the size of a North Korean Olympic team.

But when the North indicated it wanted to discuss having an art troupe perform, the South decided to send a top official of its Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism to address the proposal.

The North already agreed at an inter-Korean ministerial meeting last week to send a delegation of athletes and officials to PyeongChang. Among the reported possibilities are combined teams for mens bobsled and women’s ice hockey.

North Korea is also expected to send a pairs figure skating team, Ryom Tae-Ok, 18, and Kim Ju-Sik, 25, its only athletes to have actually qualified for the Olympics. The country hasn’t sent a team to the Winter Olympics since 1992.

The South has proposed marching with the North at the opening ceremony, but the North has not yet agreed to join in.

The International Olympic Committee still has to approve North Korea’s participation, because it missed an Oct. 31 deadline to accept the invitation to attend. The IOC will weigh the issue at a meeting Jan. 20 in Switzerland.The organization has expressed support of Kim’s desire to send a team, which he announced in his New Year’s Day address.

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