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International relations

North Korean showing adds to Winter Olympics anticipation

Organizers say opening ceremony will express pain of division, desire for peace

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea -- The organizing committee of the upcoming Winter Olympics here said Tuesday that it expects especially intense interest in the event now that North Korea has agreed to participate.

The detente between the two halves of the divided peninsula came abruptly earlier this month when North Korean leader Kim Jong Un said in his New Year's address that the country wanted to have talks with the South, including participation in Olympics events.

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