02/11/2018 16:38 EST | Updated 02/12/2018 15:39 EST

North Korea's Olympic Cheer Squad Is Creeping People Out

The pariah state sent 229 cheerleaders to the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang.

North Korea may have 22 athletes competing at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, but all eyes are on the country's 229-woman cheer squad.

The so-called "army of beauties" wear matching outfits and perform meticulously choreographed cheers when North Korean athletes compete.

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North Korean supporters cheer during the preliminary round of the women's hockey game between Switzerland and the combined Koreas at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea on Feb. 10, 2018.

Their cheers are pretty standard, according to translators at The Washington Post. The women are singing traditional songs and chanting phrases like "go team" and "our home country, unite!"

But some onlookers think the "official government enthusiasm" is creepy.

The squad hasn't been photographed outside of North Korea in about a decade.

In 2006, 21 cheerleaders were reportedly imprisoned for talking about what they saw at sporting events in South Korea. The women had promised to view the South as "enemy territory," a South Korean newspaper reported, citing unnamed defectors from the North.

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With files from The Associated Press