North Korea’s 280 member delegation of cheerleaders, taekwondo performing team arrives in…

Let’s start with the latest arrivals from
North Korea as the clock ticks down to the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics
in PyeongChang. In the morning,… almost three-hundred North
Koreans crossed the customs, immigration and quarantine office at Dorasan Station just
south of the border. Ji Myung-kil has the details. A North Korean delegation of 2-hundred-eighty
members led by Pyongyang’s sports minister Kim Il-guk arrived in South Korea on Wednesday
morning. The delegation is comprised of four officials
from the North’s National Olympic Committee, 2-hundred-twenty-nine cheerleaders, 26 taekwondo
demonstrators and 21 journalists. “North Korea’s cheering squad, taekwondo demonstration
team and journalists will stay at the Inje Speedium Hotel in Gangwon-do province.” North Korea’s cheering squad, popularly known
as “army of beauties” will be attending and cheering at Olympic matches that have either
South or North Korean athletes competing. Their routine includes singing, dancing and
sometimes using fans as props to bring out more cheers and excitement among spectators. The North’s cheerleaders first appeared at
the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. The North’s taekwondo team will conduct joint
performances with South Korean counterparts in the host cities of PyeongChang and Sokcho,
as well as in the South Korean capital of Seoul. On Friday,… Pyongyang will send a 22-member
high-level delegation to South Korea led by the regime’s ceremonial head of state… Kim Yong-nam,… for a three-day visit. Kim, who is the head of parliament in North
Korea, will attend the PyeongChang opening ceremony, which will also be attended by U.S.
Vice President Mike Pence. Kim will be the highest-level North Korean
official to visit the South in four years. While in the South,… the high-level delegation
will likely attend the united Korean women’s ice hockey team’s match on Saturday,… and
even possibly meet with President Moon Jae-in. The North’s participation in the Games is
widely seen as a diplomatic maneuver by Pyongyang as it faces growing international pressure
and sanctions over its ongoing nuclear and missile provocations. Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.


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