Seoul: Kim Jong-un has sought to inject some glamour into the Winter Olympics by bringing 229 members of his famous cheerleading squad to South Korea.
The women, apparently hand-picked for their good looks, made up the majority of a 280-strong delegation to arrive today.
Kim Jong-un has sent a team of 229 glamorous cheerleaders to support the joint Korean team at the Winter Olympics.
All dressed in black fur caps, knee-length red coats and ankle boots, they waved and smiled at reporters who were trailing them.
Fixing their gaze directly into the lens, they did not seem camera shy and some even posed for a quick impromptu photoshoot.
“Hello, hello,” one said, giggling shyly before getting back on her bus during a quick rest stop.
When a reporter asked if they were fully prepared, one quipped: “You’ll know once you see. It’s no fun if I tell you everything now.”
The women smiled and waved at photographers as they made a quick rest stop on their way to Pyeongchang.
Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, pictured, will also be attending the Games in South Korea.
North Korean cheerleaders are pictured at the World Student Games in 2003 Photographers swarmed around their coach as they poured out single file at the Inje Speedium, a race track and hotel north of Pyeongchang.
The cheer squad arrived in the South alongside 26 taekwondo performers, 21 journalists and four North Korean Olympics committee members, the Unification Ministry said.Pyongyang also said Kim Jong-un’s sister, Kim Yo Jong, would be accompanying the nominal head of state and other top officials to cheer on a joint Korean team.
Kim Yo Jong is not only the leader’s sister, but a senior official at the ruling Workers’ Party, the ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
The 229-strong cheer squad all wore black fur caps and knee-length red coats. The cheerleaders were part of a 280-member delegation on its way to the Winter Olympics.
The women eventually arrived at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex where they will be staying for the Games.
She was blacklisted last year by the US Treasury Department over human rights abuses and censorship last year.
Kim Yo Jong is vice director of the party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department which handles ideological messaging through the media, arts and culture.
After security controls, the entire group left for the Olympics venue in the alpine resort town of Pyeongchang.
Their arrival comes a day after a North Korean ferry crossed the border carrying a 140-strong orchestra to perform during the Games. The cheer squad arrived in the South alongside 26 taekwondo performers, 21 journalists and four North Korean Olympics committee members. North Korean cheerleaders arrive at a rest stop as their bus carrying a 280-member delegation heads to Pyeongchang. North Korea announced earlier this year that it will send beautiful women to support their athletes at the Olympics.
North Korea has asked South Korea to provide oil to refuel the vessel, the Unification Ministry said on Wednesday.
Oil is a sensitive issue and has taken centre stage in global efforts to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programmes.
North Korea has virtually no domestic oil production, and has traditionally imported its fuel demand from China and Russia.