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

Kim Yo Jong top right sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un sits alongside Kim Yong Nam president of the Presidium of North Korean Parliament and behind U.S. Vice President Mike Pence as she watches the opening ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympic North Korea's 200 cheerleaders could be the best thing about the Winter Olympics
Ben Pena | 12 February, 2018, 17:42

Cameras caught Pence not standing as the 143 athletes entered the stadium.

Before the 2018 Winter Olympics began in PyeongChang, South Korea, weak ticket sales plagued the Games amid domestic corporate and political scandals and concerns about escalating tensions with North Korea.

Kim Yo-jong, the influential sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong-un, was sat one row behind United States of America vice-president Mike Pence in the VIP section.

In a fascinating development, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister made a show of attending the Games' opening ceremonies this weekend in Pyeongchang, South Korea, along with her nation's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong Nam.

The Main Press Centre and the Pyeongchang Olympic Stadium were among the main affected areas, while Pyeongchang 2018 was also forced to shut down their website.

Kim Yo Jong shook hands with Moon at the beginning of the ceremony.

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Pyon said he was happy to see the Korean hockey team competing with a "single-minded" unity, saying the two Koreas could also field a joint Alpine team in the future.

The North hopes to win the South Korean public over by focusing on the idea of a united Korean people.

The delegation arrived on a special plane Friday from Pyongyang to Incheon, in the first high-level interactions between the two sides of the Korean Peninsula in over a decade. A Northern state media outlet on Tuesday accused the USA of using human rights issues as an excuse to plan a targeted attack on the country, or a "bloody nose strategy".

Kim Yo Jong is probably Kim's closest confidant and is a senior cadre in North Korea's ruling party. He criticized the Trump administration for straining too hard to signal disgust of Kim Jong Un's government. Unfortunately the drone performance wasn't a live part of the opening ceremony, instead it was pre-recorded due to concerns over Pyeongchang's cold and windy weather conditions. "Viewership for the PyeongChang Opening Ceremony was down over 10% compared to Sochi's Opening Ceremony".

Although inter-Korean talks are occurring on the sidelines of the Olympics, Pence is confident that Seoul and Tokyo "are solidly with our alliance and the need to continue and intensify economic sanctions", the official said.

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