North Korea announced that it will send cheerleaders along with its athletes to the Asian Games in South Korea in September, in an apparent goodwill gesture after the recent tensions caused by Pyongyang’s missile tests.
The cheerleaders and athletes are being sent to the Incheon games to “improve relationships” between the North and South, Pyongyang’s official news agency KCNA said, according to the BBC.
North Korea last sent cheerleaders in 2005 for the Asian Athletics Championships, also held in Incheon.
That contingent was made up of 101 cheerleaders, including Ri Sol-ju who went on to marry North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, Reuters noted.
Pyongyang said on Monday that its decision to send cheerleaders again would “create an atmosphere” of reconciliation.
“Our sincere decision this time will melt the frozen North-South relations with the heat of national reconciliation while displaying the entire Korean people’s will of unification,” it said.
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