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A South Korean delegation heads to the North Korean border Tuesday for a three-day tour of sites for joint cultural events.   © Kyodo
International relations

South Korea's Moon plays for diplomatic gains with Olympic outreach

But ally U.S., not to mention public, remain wary of easing pressure on North Korea

KENICHI YAMADA, Nikkei staff writer | North Korea

SEOUL -- Despite doubts over North Korea's intentions in agreeing to participate in the upcoming Winter Olympics, South Korean President Moon Jae-in continues to try to coax the isolated state out its fighting stance, which could provide the diplomatic coup he is seeking.

The South's Ministry of Unification sent a delegation to North Korea Tuesday in order to prepare for joint cultural events the two countries are planning on the sidelines of next month's Pyeongchang Games. The 12-person team, led by the ministry's head of inter-Korean exchange, Lee Joo-tae, crossed the de factor border overland for its three-day trip a day after a high-profile North Korean team toured proposed Olympic concert venues in the South.

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