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South Korean president says Olympics have lowered tensions with North

2018-02-18 09:15:56       source:The Washington Post

February 17, 2018

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — In a visit Saturday to this Winter Olympics host city, South Korean President Moon Jae-in said that the Games have helped to lower tensions on the Korean Peninsula, and he expressed hope that the rapprochement would “lead to dialogue between the United States and North Korea.”

“There have been many achievements in advancing inter-Korean talks,” Moon said, “and I hope that this will lead to an improvement in inter-Korean relations, and not only inter-Korean relations, but I also hope — and we also believe that there has been, slowly but gradually, growing common sense for the need of dialogue between the United States and North Korea.”

Moon’s comments show just how quickly the atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula has shifted — a change that is placing pressure on the United States to soften its stance toward the North.

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