North Korea flexes muscles ahead of Winter Olympics with military parade

North Korea flexes muscles ahead of Winter Olympics with military parade

Yes, North Korea is again stealing the show in pre-Olympic media coverage, although none of its 22 athletes is expected to win a medal at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

"They are here to make fools of South Koreans, and I can not accept that", said 71-year-old Kwon Oh-seok, adding that he had travelled from Seoul, the capital, to protest against the performance. Virtually all foreign media were excluded from the event. December's Hwasong-15 test concluded with the missile shooting up and collapsing while attempting to re-enter the atmosphere near the coasts of Japan, a sign the missile is not yet ready to carry a nuclear payload across the Pacific Ocean as Kim routinely threatens.

Banners welcoming the North's Olympic participation in the February 9-25 Olympics lined the hilly drive up to the Inje Speedium, a four-star luxury resort with a vehicle racing theme park. Its leader overseeing a military parade in the capital with his wife by his side marking 70 years since the founding of the military.

"Their moves are handsome". I like her facial expressions so much and everyone here is talking about it. South Koreans call a "winger" a "wing", but North Koreans say "nahl gay soo" or "wing player".

Kim was also in the news on Tuesday after South Korean skater Alex Kam posted a selfie on Instagram of them together during training the previous day.

At the welcome ceremony Thursday, band members dressed in white suits and red coats played traditional music, and North Koreans, wearing red, white and blue uniforms, waved at the crowd. Regarding the details of the high-level delegation's schedule, the North has revealed that they will attend the February 10 joint North-South Korean women's ice hockey match vs. Switzerland. North Korea's Olympics team, however, refused.

However, it was unclear why that would affect Iranian athletes, as Samsung products are widely available for sale in Iran, which has good diplomatic and trade relations with South Korea.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, apparently wears a lot of hats inside the secretive regime - propaganda guru, communications aide, administrative gatekeeper, personal confidant.

"I don't want to say it but North Korea's cheering squad is quite pretty". You know. there is no North Korean or South Korean. "I don't think our people would be affected by that flag", said Cho Seon-jeong, a 30-year-old officer worker in Gangneung.

Responding to the furore, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said athletes from both countries would receive the phones but that the North Koreans would be asked not to take the devices home. Cheong Seong Jang, senior researcher at the Sejong Institute in Seoul, believes that if Kim Yong Nam ends up meeting with South Korean President Moon Jae In, "It is possible that he will carry a message from Kim Jong Un inviting Moon to Pyongyang".

FARS "has removed [Samsung's] advertising banner from its website following the unsportsmanlike and dishonest action taken by Samsung at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang", it said in a statement.

The North Korean military also reportedly trotted out weaker missile models, like the "Hwasong-12 intermediate-range ballistic missiles and Pukkuksong-2, solid-fuel medium-range ballistic missiles".

Pence congratulated Moon on hosting the games, but he refrained from criticizing his government's efforts to use the Olympics to re-engage with the North.

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