Kim Jong-un sent his “Army of Beauties” to the Winter Olympics in order to share some “glamour” with South Korea. The 229 cheer leading squad will be rooting for both North and South Korea.
The women are reported to be hand-picked for their height, good looks, and family status. The squad arrived in the South alongside 26 taekwondo performers, 21 journalists and four North Korean Olympics committee members, the Unification Ministry said.
All dressed alike in red coats, black fur caps and black ankle boots, the women did not seem to be too bothered by the reporters trailing them. Some politely waved and smiled at the many camera’s pointed at them.
“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 cheerleader said, “You’ll know once you see. It’s no fun if I tell you everything now.”
Kim Jong-un’s sister Kim Yo Jong is also attending the Winter Olympics, accompanying the nominal head of state and other top officials to cheer on a joint Korean team.
Kim Yo Jong is a senior official at the ruling Workers’ Party. Last year, she was blacklisted by the U.S. Treasury Department over human rights abuses and censorship.
The ministry said in a statement that Kim Yo Jong is vice director of the party’s Propaganda and Agitation Department. She handles all messaging within the media, arts and culture.
The women eventually arrived at the Inje Speedium, a racetrack and hotel complex where they will be staying for the Games.
North Korea has asked South Korea to provide oil to refuel their ship for the return trip, the Unification Ministry said on Wednesday.
Oil is a sensitive issue and has taken center stage in global efforts to curb Pyongyang’s nuclear and missile programs.
North Korea has virtually no domestic oil production, and has traditionally imported its fuel demand from China and Russia.