North Korea says it's not interested in meeting US VP Pence

South Korea Winter Olympics will start in the northeastern city of Pyeongchang as of Friday (February 9).

North Korean military parades typically feature thousands of goose-stepping troops and hundreds of armoured vehicles, culminating with missiles rolling through Kim Il Sung Square - the highlight for Pyongyang-watchers who examine them for clues about the progress of its technology.

But while it was a huge event at face value, the parade was not broadcast live on North Korean state-controlled television until after the event took place, and it appeared to be edited footage.

The delegation, led by the North's ceremonial leader Kim Jong Nam, will arrive at Incheon International Airport, near Seoul, around 1:30 p.m., the ministry said.

Analysts say Kim Yo Jong inclusion in the Olympic delegation shows North Korea's ambition to use the Olympics to break out from diplomatic isolation by improving relations with the South, which it could use as a bridge for approaching the US.

"We have never begged for dialogue with the USA nor in the future, too", the North's KCNA news agency reported, citing Jo Yong Sam, a director-general at North Korea's foreign ministry.

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Pence has signalled that he'd be open to meeting with North Korean representatives attending the Games, while also saying the US was ready to act against Kim's regime if necessary.

The South Korean Unification Ministry on Wednesday announced that Kim Yo Jong, the youngest sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, will attend the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang.

Mr Moon's spokesman Kim Eui-kyeom said the North Korean delegates will attend the opening ceremony of the Games on Friday evening. Kim Jong Un told the crowd that the parade displayed North Korea's might as a "global military power".

Notably, North Korea did not unveil any brand-new weapons.

Another potentially contentious issue could be the North Korean delegation's trip by air to the South.

The protesters had rallied against the arrival of a North Korean arts troupe visiting for the Games.

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"As long as imperialism remains on the Earth and as long as the United States' hostile policy on North Korea continues, the mission of our military, which is to protect our country and people and secure peace, can never change", Kim said.

Mr Pence had earlier said he wanted to "make sure North Korea doesn't use the powerful symbolism in the backdrop of the [Games] to paper over the truth about their regime".

Samsung announced last month that it would be providing the special edition smartphones "as encouragement to do bigger things at the Olympic Winter Games".

In North Korea's dynastic system, which upholds the Kim family's "bloodline" as a sacred leadership qualification, Kim Yo Jong wields a singular clout that can not be matched by any nonrelative members of the elite, regardless of their official titles, according to North Korea analysts.

Kim Jong-un's army of cheerleading bombshells arrive ahead of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympic Games 2018.

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