Meet Kim Jong-un’s ‘army of beauties’ – North Korea’s cheerleader squad is going to the Winter Olympics

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The inclusion of an all-singing, all-dancing Olympic cheerleading squad as a key element of the most significant diplomatic breakthrough on the Korean Peninsula in two years may at first seem like an odd choice for two countries who are still technically at war.

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But the role of cheerleaders, chosen on the basis of their beauty and loyalty to the regime, has in the past been an important political tool for North Korea as it seeks to manipulate its image to the outside world during major sports events.

North Korean women cheer their men's basketball team during a game against the Philippines at the 14th Asian Games in Pusan, September 30 , 2002. Their beauty, talent and graceful manners have made North Korea's official cheerleaders very popular in South Korea 


The presence of a cheering squad in a high level North Korean delegation to Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea in February, was announced on Tuesday during the first talks between the countries…

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