The North Korean cheerleaders that grabbed early headlines at the PyeongChang Winter Olympic Games may have met their match.

North Korea's parka-wearing "army of beauties" cheerleading squad, who are part of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's charm offensive, went viral on social media shortly after making their first appearance.

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The mighty 200-strong North Korean squad reportedly responded in a much-less upbeat manner, singing ballads about their country in response.

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Despite the unified Korean team at the Olympics this year, the two cheerleading squads showcased the deep divide between the two nations.

Some pro-unification South Koreans have opted in support of the North Korean squad, such as Lee Sun-Kyung, who said a "joint cheerleading squad would be phenomenal".

In South Korea, cheerleaders are reported to be "immensely poor" with only a few young women able to make a living.