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Korea North Supreme leader Kim Jong-un (File Photo: IANS)

Demonstrators burned a photo of the North Korean leader over North’s participation at Olympics.┬áThe rally, at which the North Korean flag was also burned, was led by the far-right Korean Patriots Party in front of Seoul’s central train station….reports Asian Lite News

Korea North Supreme leader Kim Jong-un (File Photo: IANS)

Demonstrators on Monday burned a photo of the North Korean leader during a rally in Seoul against North Korea’s participation in the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang in South Korea.

The rally, at which the North Korean flag was also burned, was led by the far-right Korean Patriots Party in front of Seoul’s central train station.

The protesters chose the train station because a North Korean delegation visiting South Korea to coordinate the North’s participation in the Games which begin on February 9 plans to arrive at the station from the eastern city of Gangneung.

The activists read a statement in which they denounced that the PyeongChang Winter Olympics were turning into “Kim Jong-un’s Pyongyang Olympics” that they claim legitimise its nuclear weapons programme, before setting North’s national flag and so-called unification flag on fire.

As well as agreeing on North Korea’s participation at the PyeongChang Games, the two countries, which have been technically at war for more than 65 years, also decided to form a joint women’s ice hockey team and agreed on a joint march at the opening ceremony with the unification flag.

Chun Hae-sung (L, front), vice unification minister of South Korea, and Jon Jong Su (R, front), vice chairman of the Committee for the Peaceful Reunification of the Fatherland of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), leave after holding dialogue at Peace House, a building in the South Korean side of Panmunjom, Jan. 17, 2018.(Xinhua/South Korean Unification Ministry/IANS)

Meanwhile, Heavy security has been deployed for the North Korean delegation on a visit in South Korea ahead of its planned participation in the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics.

Protected by a large contingent of police, the seven-member North Korean delegation travelled Monday on a high-speed train from Gangneung, a city on the south-east coast of South Korea, to Seoul, according to local agency Yonhap, reports Efe.

North Korea’s 140-member Samjiyon orchestra will perform in both cities during the Winter Olympics.

On Monday, the delegation are scheduled to inspect various concert halls in the South Korean capital before returning to North Korea.

The North Korean delegation is led by Hyon Son-wol, leader of the country’s most popular band Moranbong, promoted by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, and the Samjiyon orchestra, formed exclusively for the upcoming Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, which will start on February 9.

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