North Korean cheerleader accidentally claps for American Winter Olympics figure skaters as they take to the ice at Pyeongchang 2018

THIS is the chilling moment an over-enthusiastic North Korean cheerleader is caught on video accidentally applauding the US's star ice dancers.

Her mistake  – which could cost her freedom  – happened while watching the skating pairs perform at the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

Alexa Scimeca and Chris Knierim of the US clearly impressed her

But in a bizarre lapse of concentration she started clapping the American pair – which is strictly against the squad's partisan rules.

It's now feared the cheerleader's accidental support for the "old enemy" will get her a one-way ticket to a prison camp.

North Korea is notorious when dealing with those it believes have brought shame on the rogue state.
The most infamous case is that of the nation's football team which made history for reaching the second round of the 1966 World Cup.

Former leader Kim Il-Sung is widely believed to have ordered them to be arrested after they lost to 5-3 Portugal days after they were seen boozing.

Instead of going home to a proud welcome, the are reported to have been sent to one of the reclusive nation's most notorious gulags.

The cheerleaders formed the bulk of the Olympic delegation of 280 North Koreans to their neighbour state.

Only girls over five foot three and from good families are allowed to join the “army of beauties”.

Top officials “cherry pick” the most gorgeous girls in the land to join the troop. Kim Jong-un has even taken one for his wife.

Defector An Chan-Il told AFP: “They must be over 163 centimetres (5ft 3ins) tall and come from good families.

"Those who play an instrument are from a band and others are mostly students at the elite Kim Il-Sung University."

Kim Jong-un allegedly orders his officials to select girls “who look attractive based on South Korean standards.”

They are subjected to intensive training and gruelling workouts by coaches and are also taught how to apply “smoky” eye make-up.

The girls tend to be in their early 20s but can sometimes be even younger, indeed Kim Jong-un’s wife was in the squad when she was just 16.” target=”_blank” title=”Click to share on Twitter

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