February 15, 2018 4:08 am JST

South Korea covers $2.6m tab for North's cheer squad and musicians

Seoul also pays for visiting officials, but keeps international sanctions in mind

HIROSHI MINEGISHI, Nikkei staff writer

Lodging and entrance fees for the cheerleaders and other performers account for the bulk of the expenses.

SEOUL -- South Korea will allocate 2.86 billion won ($2.64 million) for expenses related to the North Korean cheerleaders, orchestra members and others attending the Winter Olympics, the most aid it has extended to Pyongyang for a sports event held in the South.

The aid announced Wednesday includes 1.2 billion won for lodging, 1 billion won for fees to enter game venues and 100 million won for transportation. But the actual expense tied to the Pyeongchang Games, which conclude Feb. 25, has yet to be finalized.

South Korea's Unification Ministry said it will continue consulting closely with the global community while taking into account international sanctions against North Korea.

Seoul also plans to pay separately for the visit by a high-ranking political delegation including Kim Yo Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. The International Olympic Committee is paying the expenses for North Korean athletes.

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