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Is North Korea running rings around the South?

2018-01-07 10:00:42       source:Straitstimes

January 7, 2018

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) praised South Korea's "patience and perseverance" after the country finally won the rights to stage the Winter Games after two previous failed attempts.

The same could be said of the country's doggedness in persuading its estranged northern neighbour to participate in the Games next month.

Countless invitations from the administration of President Moon Jae In were all ignored - until now.

The past week has been an almost triumphant one for South Korea, with hopes of reconciliation raised after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un extended a New Year's Day overture and ordered communication to be restored with the South to prepare for an Olympic delegation.

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