North Korea's Olympic team was welcomed home from Rio 2016 at Pyongyang Airport with a low-key celebration on Saturday (27th August).
North Korea's Olympic team were given a low-key welcome on Saturday, symptomatic - it has been said - of Kim Jong-un's anger at his side missing their gold medal target of 5. Though the secretive state's athletes achieved one more medal than at London 2012, they only scored 2 golds.
And their arrival in Pyongyang airport on a regular flight from Beijing was met only by a small crowd of family, friends and fellow athletes.
They won a total of 7 medals:
A gold and three silvers in weightlifting; two bronzes in table tennis and shooting, and a second gold in gymnastics by Ri Se Gwang. Here he is, explaining what it meant to him:
SOUNDBITE: (Korean) Ri Se Gwang, North Korean Olympic gold medal winner in the gymnastics vault:
"I did my best in this competition to bring back victory and confidence for our army and people."
The lack of crowd-lined streets hinted at their leader's disappointment. Disappointment which will be compounded by the fact that rivals South Korea returned with 21 medals - including 9 golds.
As for the the less garlanded Olympians, they might think of being wary, remembering the fate of North Korea's national football team, who were reportedly sent to coal mines after their 7-0 thrashing by Portugal at the 2010 World Cup.
North Korean Olympians out of favourSunday, August 28 2016