Tensions barely concealed as North and South Korea march under one flag

Tensions barely concealed as North and South Korea march under one flag

On the face of it, the Winter Olympics opening ceremony was dripping with the symbolism of peace.

Tensions barely concealed as North and South Korea march under one flag
Tensions barely concealed as North and South Korea march under one flag News Guide
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On the face of it, the Winter Olympics opening ceremony was dripping with the symbolism of peace. Just 50 miles from their militarised border, athletes from North and South Korea marched under a joint flag.

Up in the VIP box, South Korea’s President Moon Jae-in waved proudly as, directly behind him, dressed in a sombre black coat, Kim Yo-jong, the sister of Kim Jong-un, applauded the teams.

The two had just shared a historic handshake at the Winter Olympics opening ceremony in Pyeongchang on Friday, where opposing powers, locked in a nuclear stand-off, mingled momentarily in the VIP box.

But beneath the outward celebrations, the complex international fault-lines underpinning the Olympic détente were beginning to show. Before the ceremony, Mike Pence, US vice president, had already skipped a dinner reception with the North Korean delegation.

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