July 26, 2012 12:00
North Korean athletes formally moved into of the London Olympic athletes' village on Wednesday morning. About 30 North Korean athletes in dark-blue jackets and gray trousers or skirts entered the village alongside athletes from China, Kenya, Samoa, and Surinam.
The male North Koreans wore red ties and the women white and red scarves. A total of 56 North Korean athletes compete in 10 disciplines in the London Games.
Meanwhile, the international press noted that the North Koreans behaved much as they had done under previous leader Kim Jong-il, with no signs of a new spirit of openness. Only the coach and manager of the North Korean women's football team showed up at a press conference on Monday, with no players in sight.
No North Korean athlete was seen outside their hotel the following day, AP reported. On Monday, four North Korean officials who came out to welcome the athletes at Heathrow Airport in London blocked them from shaking hands with volunteers and said "No!" to all questions from reporters, Chinese media reported.
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