North Korean athletes will compete at Winter Olympics

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There will also be 250 cheerleaders from the North Korea-affiliated General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon) and the 140-member Samjiyon performance group, under Hyon Song-wol, which is likely to bring the total to over 700. Experts speculate that last-minute change was meant to keep South Korea "on edge".

After being pardoned, she worked for South Korea's National Intelligence Service before marrying one of her bodyguards. The advance team is supposed to visit the lodgings, the opening and closing ceremony venue, the stadiums and the press center that will be used by the North Korean delegation during the games.

Rejecting criticism from conservative sections that the Kim Jong-un regime has stolen the spotlight and effectively made Pyeongchang Olympics into Pyongyang Olympics, Seoul said it will be "Peace Olympics" in February. However, this tolerance might not continue once the Games are over. (Korean ) "It's important to respect the South Korean people's right to know, but the media also has to refrain from subjective speculation about hidden agendas that could affect the Games".

When Hyon - who was thought to have been executed in 2013 - recently attended inter-Korean Olympic talks many focused on Hyon and her choice of handbag rather than missile launches. Since the North opened a tour zone at the scenic landscape in 1998, some 2 million South Koreans had visited until the fatal shooting. In Seoul, protesters Monday set fire to the North Korean flag and a photo of Kim Jong Un.

ELISE HU, BYLINE: "We oppose, we oppose", shouted demonstrators at Seoul Station, the train and subway station in the center of the capital city.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in said on Monday a thaw in relations between the two Koreas ahead of next month's Winter Olympics presented a "precious chance" for the U.S. and North Korea to discuss the North's weapons program-mes and establish peace on the peninsula, Moon said "But no one can be optimistic about how long the current mood for dialogue will last".

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The Korean Unification Flag, waved at the East Asian Football Federation Women's Cup in 2005.

The South Korean military said a detailed analysis is needed to understand the North's intention behind the date change. For his domestic audience, they read: "I have Korean unity and reunification on my radar and will not forget it despite being preoccupied by developing our nuclear programme, testing missiles, United Nations sanctions, U.S. threats, the warmonger Donald Trump, and so on".

Seoul's defence ministry said it has still not received any response from its North Korean counterpart for an invitation of military-level negotiations. Under a "wild card" system, North Korean athletes will compete in figure skating, skiing and the joint ice hockey team.

"But no one can be optimistic about how long the current mood for dialogue will last".

Roh believed she was as much of a victim of North Korea's brutal regime as the passengers killed on board the doomed Flight 858.

A senior South Korean government official said Tuesday that the delegation quickly toured Mount Kumgang and went to Masikryong Ski Resort the same day, both in North Korea's easternmost Kangwon Province.

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