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With Extraordinary Political Optics, Winter Olympics Begin

In an extraordinary show of unexpected unity, North and South Korea sat side by side Friday night under exploding fireworks that represented peace, not destruction, as the 2018 Winter Olympics opened on a Korean Peninsula riven by generations of anger and suspicion.   The sister of North Korea's leader, Kim Jong Un, shook hands with South Korean President Moon Jae-in - and appeared genuinely pleased - while they watched an elaborate show of light, sound and human performance. Minutes later came a moment stunning in its optics and its implications: the United States, represented by Vice President Mike Pence, sitting a row ahead of Kim's sister and the North's nominal head of state, all watching the games begin _ officials from two nations that many worry are on the brink of nuclear conflict. After years of frustration, billions of dollars and a nagging national debate about their worth, the opening...

 

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