North Korea Learns Crime Does Pay As South Korea Agrees To Pay Its Massive Olympic Bill

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  • North Korea has a 424-member delegation of cheerleaders at the 2018 Winter Olympics
  • North Korea has racked up an expensive bill at the Games in Pyeongchang 
  • South Korea will pay a couple million dollar to cover the costs

North Korea dispatched a so-called “army of beauties” to South Korea to cheer at the Winter Olympics, and the South has agreed to pay for this Pyongyang propaganda stunt.

South Korea has decided to spend a substantial $2.6 million to cover the costs of North Korea’s participation in the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, according to a report from Reuters.

North Korea aggressively tested ballistic missiles and thermonuclear bombs in 2017 all while threatening to destroy the U.S., Japan, and South Korea with fire. But, the moment the young North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un offered to send a delegation to the Olympics, the South Korean government began bending over backwards to accommodate its northern neighbor.

North Korea has racked up an expensive bill at the Olympics, putting its people up in luxury hotels in South Korea, but the North won’t be picking up the bill for this adventure.

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South Korea will pay a couple million dollars to cover the high cost of housing and feeding North Korea’s 424-member delegation of cheerleaders, cultural performers, and other support staff. The International Olympic Committee will pay for the North Korean athletes, however, the South is spending a significant chunk of change on North Korea’s propaganda units.

The cost of the visit by Kim Yo Jong, the North Korean leader’s sister, and Kim Yong Nam, the ceremonial leader, will be paid separately with different South Korean government funds.

North Korea “constantly couples its diplomacy with demands for aid, especially cash, as though the international community has to pay for the privilege of engaging,” Robert Kelly, a professor of international relations at Pusan National University in South Korea, told The Washington Post.

The amount to be spent on the North Korean Olympic delegation will significantly eclipse the $1.2 million spent to pay for North Korea’s participation in the 2002 Asian Games in Busan. The money will be pulled from the Inter-Korean Cooperation Fund, part of the Unification Ministry’s spending budget. The government fund was created in the 90s for expenditures related to North Korea.

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