North Korean cheerleading 'army of beauties' arrives at Olympics

North Korean cheerleading 'army of beauties' arrives at Olympics

North Korean cheerleading 'army of beauties' arrives at Olympics

Analysts say that with the dual approach, the North is looking to normalise its status as a "de facto nuclear state", and could be trying to weaken sanctions against it or drive a wedge between the South and its ally the US.

The nuclear-armed North is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive - sending a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders, the ceremonial head of state and even Kim's sister to South Korea.

The young women crossed the Demilitarised Zone on Wednesday (local time) between the two countries to cheer athletes from both sides.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in a speech at the parade said, "The people's army must maintain a state of tension at a high level and step up preparations for struggle at a time when the USA and its followers are agitating in and around the Korean Peninsula".

Each wore a stunning red coat with matching fur hats, collars and cuffs.

Relations between North and South Korea have been becoming more positive in recent months, with the two countries marching under the same flag in tonight's ceremony.

She will be part of a high-level 22-member delegation that experts say is part of a campaign to fix relations with South Korea and begin talks with the ease sanctions on the isolated communist regime.

The Security Council has unanimously boosted sanctions on North Korea since 2006 in a bid to choke funding for Pyongyang's nuclear and ballistic missile programs, banning exports including coal, iron, lead, textiles and seafood, and capping imports of crude oil and refined petroleum products.

The meeting on Saturday, Feb. 10, will include lunch, the president's office told Yonhap.

US Vice-President Mike Pence is scheduled to attend the Games' opening ceremony today.

United Nations diplomats said the approval was expected as council members support the sports détente between North and South Korea.

The sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un - Kim Yo Jong - will visit South Korea on Friday as the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games begin.

Pence also left open the possibility of meeting with North Korea's delegation.

Pence told reporters that despite disagreements over how to approach North Korea, the state of the alliance between the USA and South Korea is "strong".

On February 8, North Korea's state-run media cited a statement from an unnamed Foreign Ministry official who said the Pyongyang regime is not interested in meeting with Pence while he is in South Korea for the Winter Olympics, reported Fox News. It's a convenient way for North Korean officials to keep closer control over the delegation and limit its exposure to South Korean "ideological contamination".

She was placed on the U.S. Treasury's specially designated nationals list in January 2017 because of human rights abuses.

"As we speak, an estimated 100,000 North Korean citizens labor in modern-day gulags", Pence said.

North Korean leader Kim reviewed the display of military might, the first to take place since April previous year, from a balcony above the plaza.

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