North Korea's over-the-top cheerleaders cause a stir in Pyeongchang

Defection fears at the Winter Olympics

Defection fears at the Winter Olympics

Like most members of her family, little is definitively known about Kim beyond her official rank. "One of the main reasons North Korean athletes don't defect is due to their families back in North Korea", Benjamin Young, a doctoral candidate at George Washington University who has researched sports in North Korea, told ABC News' Mae Joo.

She arrived Friday as the first member of her family to visit South Korea since the Korean War in 1950-53. The North Korean delegation also included the country's 90-year-old head of state, Kim Yong Nam.

On Thursday, despite whispers that Pence might meet with North Korean officials on the sidelines of the Opening Ceremonies, North Korea's state mouthpiece declared that Pyongyang had "no intention" of allowing such a tête-à-tête.

"Honestly, I didn't know I would come here so suddenly". "We'll have to see what happens".

The appearance by the celeb-mimicking pranksters clearly touched a nerve at a politically intense time for the US, North Korea and South Korea. "That's the team he's going to be cheering for all Olympics". While it would be a diplomatic coup for Moon, who was elected on a promise to pursue warmer relations with the North, it could strain relations with the United States, which has appeared uncomfortable at the warm welcome afforded to the North Korean delegation over the past few days. The squad includes two Americans with Korean heritage: Randi Griffin of North Carolina, whose jersey will bear her Korean name, Heesoo; and Marissa Brandt of Minnesota, who plays under the name Park Yoonjung - and whose sister, Hannah, is on the USA hockey team. It was built in the 1960s under the government of late anti-communist dictator Park Chung-hee as a luxury facility for US troops stationed in South Korea.

The unified Korea team will make their Olympic debut on Saturday when they face off against Switzerland.

On Saturday in a meeting, the North Korean leader extended an invitation -through a letter- to President Moon Jae-in to visit Pyongyang at the earliest opportunity, highlights the Yonhap news agency.

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A man impersonating US President Donald Trump (R) and another impersonating Kim Jong-un pose in the stands during the opening ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games at the Pyeongchang Stadium on February 9, 2018.

He said the Koreas should create an environment so that a summit could take place.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in dismissed a call by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to quickly resume the US-South Korea joint military exercises, an official said on Saturday. If peace is not imminent, a summit in Pyongyang between Mr Moon and Kim Jong Un seems better to most than the threats of recent months.

Always flanked by thick groups of bodyguards, Kim Yo Jong commanded attention wherever she went, walking among throngs of journalists with a quiet poise and occasionally shooting an enigmatic smile at cameras.

By one estimate from South Korea's Ministry of Unification, more than 30,000 people defect from North Korea each year, yet the country has sent 22 high-profile athletes and hundreds of others into South Korea as part of its Olympics delegation.

He adding that the North Korean leader was "on a suicide mission" in continuing to develop a nuclear weapons programme. "But he stayed there the entire time. and talked to Moon and Abe and their spouses, and the North Koreans sat in the back and didn't talk to anybody, and that image is telling". Already, there are concerns in other corners over how Moon's government has accommodated the North Korean delegation, even at the risk of violating global sanctions in place against Pyongyang.

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