They've been preparing for years for this event and, in fact, this I've also installed 800 surveillance cameras here.
The apparent thaw has not been reflected in Washington.
At this point the Pyeongchang Olympics really should be re-christened the Pyongyang Olympics.
When South Korea hosted the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, it was a coming-out party for a poor country still recovering from the ruins of the Korean War.
Pyongyang has ruled out a meeting with the U.S. delegation during the Winter Games. "And we will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with the people of Japan, the people of South Korea, and our allies and partners across the region until we achieve the global objective of denuclearization of the Korean peninsula".
South Korea's ambassador, Kim Seung-Ho, was summoned to the foreign ministry in Tehran, official news agency IRNA reported. But, he said, "we'll see what happens".
North Korea is under multiple sets of UN Security Council sanctions over its banned nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, which have seen it develop rockets capable of reaching the USA mainland.
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In the past, North Korea has selected members for its cheerleading squad from university students studying in Pyongyang, prioritizing those from institutions focused on music and dance.
Yes, North Korea is again stealing the show in pre-Olympic media coverage, although none of its 22 athletes is expected to win a medal at the Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
Others waved a distorted image of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un photoshopped to resemble a demonic boar.
In another development, China's foreign minister Wang Yi said Beijing hopes North and South Korea can keep the momentum of interaction going and gradually open the door to peace on the peninsula.
The sanctions have complicated South Korean electronics maker Samsung's planned giveaway of 4,000 Galaxy Note 8 smartphones valued at more than $900 to Olympic athletes.
U.S. Vice President Mike Pence is ratcheting up the rhetoric against North Korea's human rights abuses ahead of the Winter Olympic Games in the South.
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North Korea boycotted the 1986 Asian Games and the 1988 Olympics, both in Seoul, during a period of heightened tensions.
"This parade will show the world that we have a strong military power", said Kim in his speech from a high podium in Kim Il Sung Square, which takes its name from his grandfather, North Korea's first leader.
Protesters say North Korea, which only confirmed its participation last month, has been allowed to hijack the Pyeongchang Games.
"They're too close to the end of the program to simply stop and give up", Rodger Baker, vice president of strategic analysis at Stratfor, told CNN.
"Personally, Pence would feel uncomfortable just being in the same place with the North Koreans".
At least three times, CNN journalists witnessed police charging into the protest to extinguish fireworks lit by demonstrators. You know. there is no North Korean or South Korean. I got to shake hands and take photos with the performers... It was totally not a political performance. "They are like family".
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It is the first time that a member of Kim's ruling dynasty has visited the South since the Korean war of 1950 to 1953. North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's younger sister, Kim Yo-jong, is blacklisted under USA sanctions.