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Bellicose North Korea lightens up with promise of cheerleaders

Published on Jul 7, 2014 11:26 AM
 
This undated picture released from North Korea's official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on July 5, 2014 shows the drill of the Korean People's Army (KPA) ground, naval, air and anti-air forces for landing on an island at an undisclosed place in North Korea. North Korea said on Monday it will send cheerleaders along with its athletes to the Asian Games in the South as a gesture of peace after weeks of firing rockets and fiery rhetoric. -- PHOTO: AFP/ KCNA VIA KNS

SEOUL (REUTERS) – North Korea said on Monday it will send cheerleaders along with its athletes to the Asian Games in the South as a gesture of peace after weeks of firing rockets and fiery rhetoric.

North Korea, which regularly threatens to destroy its neighbour in a sea of flames, is sending 150 athletes to the Games in the South Korean port city of Incheon which begin on Sept. 19.

The two sides are technically still at war after their 1950-53 civil conflict ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.

The North’s cheerleaders have proved a huge attraction in rare appearances in the South since the war, with tightly choreographed routines and messages of peace and unification.

 
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