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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 leader's sister to visit South for Olympics

North Korea leader's sister to visit South for Olympics

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The influential sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un is to attend Friday's opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games, which are being held in the South, ministers in Seoul say.Kim Yo-jong, a senior Workers' Party official promoted to the politburo last year, will be the first immediate Kim family member to cross the border.Both Koreas will march under one flag at the opening ceremony.The North's participation has been seen as a thawing of bilateral ties.North Korea crisis in 300 wordsHowever, the US, Japan and others have accused the North of using the Games for propaganda purposes.Who is Kim Yo-jong?Believed to have been born in 1987, she is the youngest daughter of late leader Kim Jong-il and is Kim Jong-un's full sister. She is about four years younger than her brother and is sa...
North Korea threatens inter-Korean relations could suffer amid criticism

North Korea threatens inter-Korean relations could suffer amid criticism

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SEOUL, South Korea, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- North Korean media has warned its relations with the South could suffer, heavily criticizing Seoul's position on denuclearizing the Korean peninsula.The daily Rodong Sinmun, issued by the North's ruling Workers' Party, published a commentary on Sunday, blasting the South Korean Defense Minister's remark last week that "the North's leadership will be wiped off the map, should it use its nuclear weapons."Defense Minister Song Young-moo had said the South will "strongly respond to North Korea's provocations" while utilizing measures such as sanctions and talks to achieve denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula.He called on the international community to "proactively implement sanctions" against the North which he said poses the "most serious and imminent" ...
What I learned from watching a week of North Korean TV

What I learned from watching a week of North Korean TV

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The week began with the faces of the "Dear Leader" and his “Great” father, in a circle, on a red background, with nothing else. The late North Korean leader Kim Jong-il and his father, Kim Il Sung, are omnipresent on North Korean state television. It is as if the channel warns its viewers: This channel is of the Kims, by the Kims and for the Kims. My ABC News colleagues and I in Seoul spent all last week watching the communist state’s broadcasts — from Jan. 22 to 26 – to get a glimpse into the average North Korean TV viewer’s mind. By the end of the week, we had become fans of an animated North Korean measuring scale and were humming propaganda songs praising communism. Korean Central Television (KCTV) is the most active operating TV channel in the North, and it transmits programming f
Seoul: North Korea mobilizes 50,000 for upcoming military parade

Seoul: North Korea mobilizes 50,000 for upcoming military parade

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SEOUL, South Korea, Jan. 29 (UPI) --North Korea appears to have mobilized tens of thousands of troops and civilians for a massive military parade next week, South Korean officials said Monday.Earlier this month, Seoul detected 13,000 personnel near Pyongyang's Mirim Airport, training in what appeared to be a rehearsal for a military parade to mark the founding of the North Korean army on Feb. 8.However, the figure has risen to roughly 50,000 as of late, according to multiple officials in Seoul.One official said the parade is likely to include card stunts, given the large number of participants, and that there haven't been signs that indicate transporter-erector-launcher missile vehicles will be deployed at the event.North Korea's military parades usually showcase the regime's latest weapon...