Thaw in the Winter Olympics

Jan 18, 2018 | 14:10 GMT

South and North Korean officials exchange joint statements Jan. 9 in the Demilitarized Zone after agreeing that athletes from North Korea would participate in the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.
South Korea's Unification Minister Cho Myung-Gyun (R) and North Korean chief delegate Ri Son-Gwon exchange joint statements during their meeting at the border truce village of Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the two Koreas on January 9, 2018. North Korea will send its athletes to the Winter Olympics in the South, the rivals said on January after their first formal talks in more than two years following high tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear weapons programme. / AFP PHOTO / KOREA POOL / - / South Korea OUT (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)

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The de-escalation of tensions between North and South Korea ahead of the highly anticipated event is a welcome development, but it may be too early yet to declare a victory for sports diplomacy....

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