Despite Walking Slow, South Korean Olympic Diplomacy Reaches Progress

South Korea continues to push the process of peace through the Olympics, amid criticism that North Korea is only following the process to ease economic sanctions without stopping its nuclear weapons program.

South Korea's continuing South Moon Jae-in easing tensions with North Korea helping to secure North Korea's participation in the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics in South Korea and a lull in Pyongyang's provocative nuclear missile and nuclear test.

In a joint reconciliation attitude, North Korea and South Korea Olympic delegates march together under a special unification flag in Friday's opening ceremony. Kim Yo-jong, sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un also to South Korea to attend the Olympics. He was the first member of Kim's ruling family to visit South Korea since the split of Korea at the end of World War II. During a meeting with Moon, Kim presented an invitation to the South Korean president to visit Pyongyang for a summit of leaders.

There were previously only two summits between North and South Korean leaders. The most recent one lasted more than a decade ago, in 2007. Kim Jong-un, who came to power in 2011, has never met a foreign head of state.

On Tuesday, Kim Jong-un said he wanted to encourage "climate reconciliation and warm dialogue "with South Korea following the successful visits of North Korea's North Korean delegation, the North Korean state media.

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The easing of tensions between the two Koreas is a direct result of President Moon's ongoing diplomatic efforts and indicates Kim Jong Un's willingness to respond to a constructive relationship, said John Delury, a North Korean analyst at Seoul's Yonsei University.

But those skeptical declared Pyongyang's openness to dialogue a deceptive tactic. According to them, North Korea's cooperation in the Olympics is intended to undermine America's "maximum pressure" policy to force North Korea to change its behavior with enhanced economic sanctions and the threat of military power, without giving meaningful concessions to end its nuclear program. [uh]

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