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International relations

North and South Korea see Olympics as occasion to move

Antagonism alternates with reconciliation on peninsula

North Korea has turned to a policy of dialogue with South Korea during the Olympics in a drive to get out of dire straits, and the South has responded. (Source photos by Koji Uema, EPA/Jiji and KCNA/Reuters) 

TOKYO -- The Japanese women's softball team beat the U.S. in the final to win gold at the Tokyo Olympics on July 27. On the same day, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un agreed to improve North-South relations, the two countries announced.

It was also revealed that the two leaders had exchanged personal letters since April, when North Korea had said it would not participate in the Summer Games because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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