Reuters reports that the North said it had no choice but to call off the performance, which was to be held in the North Korean territory of Mount Kumgang, as South Korean media continued to insult what Pyongyang called “sincere” measures regarding the Winter Olympics Seoul will host next month.
Whilst it is likely that the main reason for cancellation is the North's infamous "prickliness", another reason may also be the flu outbreak that is raging in the North. It's health service will be unable to cope with a large scale outbreak, and during previous occasions of disease in AP eg SARS the North has sometimes shut its borders.
That being said, whatever the real reason of cancellation, the old adage:
"North Korea never misses an opportunity to miss an opportunity"springs to mind!
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