North Korea has responded positively regarding an inter-Korean exchange on the traditional sport of “ssireum” wrestling.
An official from the Korea Ssireum Association(KSA) said on Wednesday that KSA chief Park Pal-yong confirmed the positive reaction following recent talks with North Korean ssireum officials at Mount Geumgang in North Korea.
One of the topics up for discussion was the co-hosting of the Dano ssireum festival, which is slated for June.
The official said the two sides will discuss details of the exchange in the near future, adding that working-level discussions will likely take place in China.
The two Koreas also plan to work towards the unification of the differing terminology and rules of ssireum.
Efforts to expand inter-Korean exchanges in the sport have gathered steam since the two Koreas successfully achieved the joint inscription of ssireum as part of UNESCO's Intangible Cultural Heritage list last November.