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Olympic diplomacy at centre stage in Pyeongchang

2018-02-26 09:49:42       source:The Times

February 26, 2018

Ivanka Trump smiled as President Moon of South Korea greeted a blacklisted North Korean general at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics, where diplomacy has attracted as much attention as the ice skaters and skiers.

Footage of the arena’s VIP area showed Mr Moon shaking hands with Ms Trump and soon after with General Kim Yong-chol, who apparently expressed willingness to talk to the US.

A senior US administration official said that there had been no interaction between President Trump’s daughter and General Kim, who was in the row behind her only two seats away from General Vincent Brooks, who commands American forces in South Korea. Ms Trump was next to Kim Jung-sook, Mr Moon’s wife.

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