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North Korea’s ‘Army of Beauties’ and other things you might see at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang




In this handout image provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-Sung, (R) shakes hands with the head of North Korean delegation Jon Jong-Su (L) after their meeting on January 17, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea.
In this handout image provided by the South Korean Unification Ministry, South Korean Vice Unification Minister Chun Hae-Sung, (R) shakes hands with the head of North Korean delegation Jon Jong-Su (L) after their meeting on January 17, 2018 in Panmunjom, South Korea.
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Tensions have been high between South and North Koreas, but the Winter Olympics taking place in Pyeongchang are providing a slight opportunity for diplomacy between the two places.

South Korea has announced that it will field a combined women’s ice hockey team with players from North Korea at next month’s Winter games. The two Koreas will also march under one flag.

North Korea will also send a delegation of more than 400 people, including 140 artists and 30 Taekwondo players for a demonstration.

Additionally, the North will send around 230 cheerleaders, all of which are members of a special cheerleading squad made up of beautiful, young North Koreans that has been dubbed the “Army of Beauties” by some in the South.

Check out this video from the Army Times on this famed group of cheerleaders:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/TzX72KjPUhs

Guests:

Sergey Radchenko,  professor of international politics at Cardiff University in the UK, whose areas of specialties include Asia and Cold War politics; he has studied the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul and what it meant for relations between the North and South Koreas

Sung-Yoon Lee, an expert on the Koreas, and a professor in Korean Studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University in Massachusetts