North Korea's athletes and cheerleaders under close watch so they don't defect


Yesterday's number far exceeds the 1.35 billion won that was used to pay for the 650 North Koreans who visited South Korea in 2002 for the Asian Games in the port city of Busan.

After American Vice-President Mike Pence chose to take a knee when the Korean delegation enered the stadium, which by his own logic was an insult to South Korean veterans of the Korean War, Kim Yo Jong has basically made North Korea look reasonable and tolerant in comparison to the Trump administration.

China, which has influence over North Korea as its main economic lifeline, has also called on Washington and Pyongyang to engage in dialogue for the sake of peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Most of the North Koreans stayed at luxury hotels in Seoul and near the Olympic venue almost throughout their visit, including the five-star Grand Walkerhill in western Seoul that has previously hosted celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Michael Jackson.

Kim says he believes South Korea's accommodation for their last minute Olympic involvement was "very impressive", and while USA officials continue to downplay the chances of the diplomacy amounting to anything, it seems it already has, and both Kim and Moon are looking to build on the strong foundation they've suddenly got.

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's sister Yo-jong returned to a hero's welcome from South Korea on Sunday. "But if you want to talk, we'll talk".

"It's not working among the conservatives who just abhor North Korea", he said.

North Korea sending multiple delegations to the Olympics is also welcome, especially after its series of military provocations in 2017.

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North Korea's cheerleading squad has become the unlikely center of attention at this year's Winter Olympics, mesmerizing audiences with their highly synchronized routines.

North Korea has been accused of involvement in a number of cyber incidents, including last year's global "WannaCry" attack - although it slammed the accusation as "absurd".

But he didn't advocate a change in USA policy, telling the committee that the State Department's campaign to pressure North Korea to abandon its nuclear program is "what we should be doing". Ms Kim also extended a surprise invite to a summit in North Korea to South Korean President Moon Jae-in, meeting with him a total of four times during her trip. It was the same impersonator who attended the opening ceremony with a Donald Trump look-alike.

"I personally think she should be mindful of her place, stop looking down on other people arrogantly and feel guilty", he said.

"South Korean authorities should clearly understand that consequences undesirable for the inter-Korean relations will arise, if they irritate their dialogue partner", it added.

The good news for the that a growing number of South Koreans do not share Moon's approach and are not impressed with the North Korean charm campaign.

North Korea defends its weapons programs as essential to counter USA aggression, saying military drills between the United States and the South are preparations for invasion. Sticking with the hard line the White House maintains against the isolated state, Vice President Mike Pence made a point of avoiding contact with North Korean figures during his stay.

The sanctions were to force North Korea to drop the development of weapons programme but the country went ahead to test fire Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM) and later detonated small hydrogen bomb that shook Chinese and Russian territories to the amazement of the world, particularly, United States of America. They fielded a joint women's ice hockey team for the first time.