Kim Jung-Un’s army of cheerleaders arrived in Pyeongchang today in time for the opening of the winter Olympics. Some 229 young women, all dressed in the same coat and dark hat, were among a 280-member delegation who crossed the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas at the Dorasan border post north of Seoul.
The girls, interviewed by a horde of South Korean journalists, all smiled and exclaimed they were very excited.
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"I am happy to see you." One of them said. When asked what exactly they would be doing, she answered: "You just wait. If I tell you now, it would be less exciting when you see it."
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NOKO has already sent cheerleading groups to three international sporting events in the past, knowing that the girls get selected very carefully, screened for their family backgrounds, their looks, their cheering skill and, most importantly, their loyalty to the ruling Workers' Party. They were spotted at the 2002 Asian Games in Busan, the 2003 Summer Universiade in Daegu and the 2005 Asian Athletics Championships in Incheon.
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One of the girls of the 2005 group, Miss Ri Sol-Ju, charmed the supreme leader’s eye so much that she went on to become his wife.
Meanwhile, it was also announced that Mr. Kim Jung-Un sister, Kim Yo-jong, who was recently promoted by her brother to the ruling party’s political wing, will be attending the opening of this month’s Winter Olympics in person.
The visit of the probably future North Korean leader is seen as a further thawing of relations between the two Koreas.