North Korea's Olympic diplomacy aimed to put a friendly face on the regime, but the world should not be taken in by Pyongyang's dangerous charm offensive. The country's only aim, it seems, is to ease the sting of sanctions without giving up its status as a nuclear state.
North Korea sent a high-ranking delegation to both the opening and closing ceremonies of the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. The latter was led by Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers' Party Central Committee and head of the party's United Front Department. The delegation's visit drew a fierce outcry from conservatives in South Korea, not least because Kim is believed to have masterminded the attack on Yeonpyeong Island and the sinking of the South Korean navy patrol boat Cheonan in 2010.
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