[Ed. – It’s clear why the American media are so in love with this paradise.]
Reports indicate that North Korea’s 500-strong team of athletes, cheerleaders and officials at the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics are being watched 24 hours a day to prevent them from defecting from the secretive state.
According to CNN, rather than room with teammates, North Korean competitors have been forced to share sleeping arrangements with private minders in a move designed to make sure they don’t run away.
The delegation includes Kim Jong Un’s younger sister, Kim Yo Jong, who has been the focus of media attention during an apparent thawing of relations between the two bitterly divided nations.
Behind the scenes, however, informants in the North Korean camp are checking on conversations and ensuring that the huge embarrassment a defection would bring is avoided.
One former North Korean policeman told CNN that the country’s 22 athletes would not even be allowed to go to the bathroom alone. At the Gangneung Olympic Village, each North Korean apartment is equipped with at least two beds.