North Korean delegation will not meet United States officials during Olympics: KCNA

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

Earlier Thursday, the North's official Korean Central News Agency quoted a senior Foreign Ministry official as saying Pyongyang has no intention of having talks with Washington during the Olympics.

A photograph taken on February 5, 2018, shows the North Korean national flag displayed outside their dormitory across 3 storys at the athletes' village in Gangneung, ahead of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Kim Jong-un's ex lover Hyon Song Wol, head of North Korea's Samjiyon Orchestra is greeted by the public as she arrives in South Korea.

She will be going straight to Pyeongchang for the opening ceremony and not attending a reception hosted by South Korean President Moon Jae-in, but she is scheduled to have lunch with him on Saturday before she leaves on Sunday.

Speculation is rife about whether he will meet with members of North Korea's official delegation on the sidelines of the games.

North Korea's participation in the Games has been seen as a breakthrough following months of escalating tensions.

It's unclear whether any member of the North Korean government delegation will hold talks with USA officials during the Olympics.

But sceptics think the North is trying to use the Olympics to weaken US-led sanctions and pressure against the country and buy more time to advance its nuclear weapons and missiles programme. -North Korea contact on the sidelines of the sporting event.

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
North Korean delegation will not meet United States officials during Olympics: KCNA

About 10,000 troops took part in the rally in Pyongyang, which included a display of North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles that could be capable of striking the US mainland. That indicates North Korea doesn't always show off all of the missile technologies it's working on during its annual parades.

Pyongyang's parades offer an unparalleled opportunity for intelligence analysts to get images of military equipment from one of the world's most reclusive places. The promotion is a sign Kim Jong-Un is consolidating his position by drawing his most important people closer to the centre of power.

That could put him in the same room as Kim Yong Nam at a leaders' reception beforehand, raising the prospect of senior figures from the two sides meeting after a year in which their leaders traded personal insults and threats of war.

Kim is taking as much care to celebrate the 70th Anniversary of the foundation of the Korean People's Army as the Olympic planners are over the opening ceremony for the Winter Olympics.

South Korean media had speculated North Korea would create another sanctions-related headache by insisting on sending its senior officials via the US -boycotted Air Koryo.

On the eve of the Olympic games, North Korea plans to flex its nuclear strength when it showcases hundreds of missiles in a military parade through the streets of Pyongyang.

"We definitely want to continue participating in Winter Olympic Games. And we don't feel the need".

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