North Korea has notified South Korea that it plans to send a 273-member delegation, including 150 athletes, to the Asian Games set to be held in the South next month, a Unification Ministry spokesman said Friday.
Ministry spokesman Kim Eyi Do, speaking to reporters in a briefing, also said the two Koreas have agreed to resume talks on issues relating to North Korea's participation in the Asian Games to be held from Sept. 19 to Oct. 4 in the city of Incheon.
During their last talks on July 17, the North had said it planned to send a 700-member delegation to Incheon, with an equal number of athletes and cheerleaders, and demanded Seoul provide a range of support for it, Yonhap News Agency reported at the time, citing a South Korean official.
But Seoul demurred, telling Pyongyang that its basic principle is to follow international practice -- a break from its tradition of financially supporting visiting sporting delegations from the North.
The North then took issue with the South's stance and blamed it for causing the talks, held in the truce village of Panmunjom, to break down, the report said.