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North Korea's cheerleaders steal spotlight at Winter Games with synchronized chants

North Korea's cheerleaders steal spotlight at Winter Games with synchronized chants

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Clad in coordinated outfits of red with white and blue accents, North Korea's throng of more than 200 cheerleaders are stealing the spotlight at the 23rd Winter Olympic Games in South Korea as they chant, sway and dance in unison. North and South Korea agreed to form a joint female ice hockey team for the 2018 Winter Olympics and to march together at the opening ceremony under a "Korean Peninsula flag," according to a joint statement from the countries released last month. In addition to sending 22 athletes to compete at the games in Pyeongchang, North Korea also deployed a 229-strong all-female cheering squad to root for both nations. At Saturday's hockey match between Switzerland and the unified Korean team, the North Korean cheerleaders split up into groups and situated themselves in...
North Korea's Olympic move a chance for U.S. talks, analyst says

North Korea's Olympic move a chance for U.S. talks, analyst says

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NEW YORK, Jan. 18 (UPI) --North Korea is pursuing a dangerous path of nuclear weapons development, but that does not mean the United States should dismiss an opportunity to deescalate tensions during the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, a U.S. analyst said Wednesday.Speaking before members of the Harvard Business School Club of New York, Suzanne DiMaggio, a senior fellow with New America who recently met with North Korean officials in Moscow, said Kim Jong Un's overtures for reconciliation are not to be ignored as tensions recede on the peninsula."I think the Olympics actually offers an opportunity for both sides to scale back on the rhetoric," she said, referring to the U.S. and North Korean governments. "We now have a nearly two-month Winter Olympic pause.""We must use that pause to pur...
Lockheed to support Korea's Peace Krypton intelligence aircraft

Lockheed to support Korea's Peace Krypton intelligence aircraft

Business
Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin was awarded a $ 33.6 million contract by the U.S. Air Force to extend support for South Korea's tactical reconnaissance aircraft and mission support equipment.The terms of the deal, announced Friday by the Department of Defense, enlists Lockheed to provide prime missions equipment and technical manuals in support of the Republic of Korea's Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system.The deal is not-to-exceed more than $ 33.6 million under a cost-plus-fixed-fee and firm-fixed-price undefinitized contract. A cost-plus-fixed-fee agreement would provide Lockheed Martin with a negotiated reimbursement fee if there are potential overrun costs on the contract.Korea's Peace Krypton reconnaissance aircraft system is a militarized version of Raytheon's Hawker 800XP, ...
South Korea's ex-president “unilaterally ordered” shutdown of inter-Korean complex

South Korea's ex-president “unilaterally ordered” shutdown of inter-Korean complex

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SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- South Korea's impeached ex-President Park Geun Hye ordered the shutdown of the inter-Korean Industrial Complex last year, a government report showed Thursday.The report revealed the findings of a Unification Ministry panel tasked with reviewing the previous administration's North Korea policies, including the closure of the Kaesong Industrial Complex. The nine-member committee was launched in September this year, according to News 1.Located just above the inter-Korean border, the Kaesong factory zone hosted a total of 124 South Korean companies. More than 54,000 North Korean workers were hired to produce clothes, utensils and other labor-intensive goods.Three days after the North's rocket launch on February 7, 2016, the previous government announced tha...
South Korea's Gaon Chart to recognize USBs as music albums

South Korea's Gaon Chart to recognize USBs as music albums

Entertainment
SEOUL, South Korea, Dec. 26 (UPI) -- The Gaon Chart will start counting USBs containing songs as albums next year to adapt to the fast changing music industry, the chart operator said Tuesday.The Korea Music Content Industry Association said it will change its policy for the Gaon Chart to expand the scope of "a music album" from the previously "replicated article stipulated in the copyright law" or "a physical object that contains music" to "a product sold in a package."Under the new policy that will come into force Jan. 1, G-Dragon's controversial USB album Kwon Ji Yong will also be recognized as an album.The move came after the association drew strong protest from the BIGBANG leader by excluding his new album made in the USB format from the chart in June. The association defined USBs sim...