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Uphill task awaits Moon as dust settles on Winter Games

S. Korean leader has to broker talks between a seemingly willing North and sceptical US

Athletes from the two Koreas at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on Sunday.
Athletes from the two Koreas at the closing ceremony of the Pyeongchang 2018 Winter Olympics on Sunday.PHOTO: REUTERS

North Korea won a diplomatic gold in Pyeongchang as leader Kim Jong Un's smiling sister and an army of cheerleading beauties captured the world's attention.

But due credit should also go to South Korea for successfully hosting the biggest Winter Olympics with possibly the highest diplomatic stakes in history. It deftly dealt with its unpredictable neighbour and even secured an invitation to go up north.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 01, 2018, with the headline 'Uphill task awaits Moon as dust settles on Winter Games'. Subscribe