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

The nuclear-armed North is on an Olympics-linked charm offensive, sending a troupe of performers, hundreds of female cheerleaders, and the sister of leader Kim Jong Un to South Korea.

It's a drastic change of pace from 2017 where the rouge nation routinely broke worldwide laws with their missile tests.

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 US and its followers are agitating in and around the Korean Peninsula".

However, we've been drip-fed some hints about the performance and it's expected to feature magical, childlike fantasy figures.

"We have never begged for dialogue with the United States and will be the same in the future", Cho Yong-sam, a director of the North's Foreign Ministry, was quoted as saying by the state-run Korean Central News Agency on Thursday.

"We haven't requested a meeting with North Korea, but if I have any contact with them - in any context - over the next two days, my message will be the same as it was here today: North Korea needs to once and for all abandon its nuclear and ballistic missile ambitions", Pence said.

In a jarring contrast to the moves toward reconciliation in the South, columns of goose-stepping soldiers and vehicles carrying rockets, including intercontinental ballistic missiles, rolled through the main square in Pyongyang, the North Korean capital, on Thursday as the country celebrated its Army Building Day.

Cho reportedly made the comment on Wednesday, after Pyongyang informed Seoul that its high-level delegation would include Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. The Vice President will reaffirm to the leaders of Japan and South Korea the United States' unwavering commitment to our allies and to deter and defend against the North Korean threat.

Pence told reporters that part of the goal of his visit was to tell "the truth about North Korea at every stop".

"One thing about North Korean propaganda is that it's predictable".

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

Pence will meet Friday morning with North Korean defectors as he pays respects at the Cheonan Memorial in Seoul, which honors 46 South Korean sailors killed in a 2010 boat sinking attributed to the North. "We will have to wait and see exactly how that unfolds", he said.

Protesters say North Korea, which only confirmed its participation last month, has been allowed to hijack the Pyeongchang Games.

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