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As the Winter Olympics come to a close, could relations thaw between the US and North Korea?

Although the situation is still uncertain, it's not the first time international diplomacy has been affected by the games

By Andrew Hammond  

The closing ceremony at the South Korean Winter Olympics. But what will the games mean for North-South relations? Photo: PA

As the Winter Olympics closed on Sunday, it has been revealed that the event may deliver another unexpected geopolitical dividend. That is, North Korea has now indicated it is willing to start direct talks with the United States without pre-conditions—potentially building on the recent mini-rapprochement between North and the South in recent weeks.

The announcement follows a meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and head of the North…

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