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More than 200 cheerleaders from North Korea arrived in South Korea today for Pyeongchang 2018

More than 200 cheerleaders from North Korea arrived in South Korea today for Pyeongchang 2018

Members of North Korean cheering group attend a welcome ceremony for the country's Olympic team at the Olympic Village ahead of the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018.

Moon's guest list includes U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and two of the North's most senior officials: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's younger sister and the North's nominal head of state.

Thousands of goose-stepping troops could be seen saluting a smiling Kim Jong Un, who was dressed in black, flanked by military personnel and also his wife Ri Sol Ju in a rare appearance. But the North did not broadcast the parade live, so there are no details about its size or which weapons were revealed.

Seoul's Yonhap news agency quoted an anonymous government source, saying: "It seems that North Korea opened the parade at 10.30am (Seoul time)".

South Korean President Moon Jae-in's office welcomed North Korea's decision, saying it showed the North's willingness to co-operate in easing tensions on the Korean Peninsula. There are - you know, North Korea is all about sort of ideological indoctrination the North Korean people.

It has taken place little over 24 hours before the world watches the Winter Olympics opening ceremony Pyeongchang.

North Korea followed up July 28th with another ICBM test, this time reaching a height of 2,300 miles, which on the right trajectory could possibly have reached Washington D.C., 6,800 miles away.

Thursday's anticipated Army Day parade marks the 70th anniversary of founder Kim Il Sung's 1948 transformation of the revolutionary guerrilla force into a regular army.

But none of them were spotted in satellite imagery of rehearsals ahead of the parade, according to respected U.S. website 38 North.

The cheerleaders who arrived over the border today were part of a delegation of 280 from North Korea to support their team during the Winter Olympics at Pyeongchang 2018

"A major military parade is expected in Pyongyang tomorrow".

Pence is scheduled to arrive in South Korea from Japan on Thursday.

North Korea's delegation is being led by Kim Yong Nam, one of North Korea's most powerful politicians.

"We've never begged for dialogue with the USA and it will be the same now and forever", Jo Yong Sam, a senior foreign ministry official, was quoted as having said by the KCNA.

"We have never begged for dialogue with the USA and will never do so", he said.

But the January 31 trip wasn't official until less than two hours before the chartered Asiana Airlines flight carrying the South Korean skiers took off for the North's Kalma Airport.

After the raising of the flag, the mass march kicked off with an inspection by North Korea's generals and singing. "We'll wait and see and", Tillerson said.

For North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the parade is an opportunity to stoke patriotic fervor and to remind the world of his country's rapid progress on its nuclear program.

North Korea's participation in the 2018 Olympics is widely viewed as a chance for the country to ease the global tensions over its nuclear program.

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