Korean athletes arrive for Olympics


The Olympic village in Gangneung turned into a selfie site as volunteer workers posed under a North Korean flag that has been raised in the country for the first time since a hockey tournament in April a year ago.

The organizing committee promised to give better accommodation to volunteers before the games kick off next Friday. He suggested that recent communication between North Korea and South Korea, which is hosting the Olympics in Pyeongchang, was a positive development. He says he was inspired by a flag etiquette presentation for Olympic athletes.

Our Oh Soo-young has more.

The 2018 Winter Olympics has already set another record and the games haven't even begun.

Former Olympian and gold medalist in table tennis Ryu Seung-min welcomed the athletes in his honorary role as mayor of the village.

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"Through my four times' experience in the Olympic village, I fully understand the importance of the Athlete's Village to improve and keep athletes performance level". Up to 8 people will stay in each house, sharing the rooms and facilities with athletes from the same country.

Catering to diverse needs, the village provides a dining area serving local and worldwide cuisine all around the clock as well as a multi-faith center.

Some experts say North Korea may want to use improved ties with the South as a way to weaken US-led worldwide sanctions.

The official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said in a commentary late Friday that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence claimed that he would go to the Winter Olympics to hold back the DPRK's "propaganda offensive".

North Korea has agreed with South Korea to send a 230-strong cheering squad to the Winter Olympics, as well as an orchestra and taekwondo performance team.