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Olympic Diplomacy - a Path to Ease Tensions on the Korean Peninsula

North and South Korea have met in the demilitarized zone (DMZ), on the border between the two nations, and via Olympic diplomacy, the reclusive North has agreed to send a delegation to the upcoming Winter Olympics in the South.

That meeting and the decision, earlier today, between five high-level senior officials from both Koreas, have also produced an agreement between the nations to hold military talks to defuse border tensions, thereby ushering in a relative calm that has not been felt on the peninsula in recent months.

Nuclear threats, tests and ambitions by North Korea, have soured relations with South Korea in recent years. A war of childish rhetoric between the North's President Kim Jong-un and United States(US) President Donald Trump, has also fueled and ratcheted up tensions on the peninsula.

However, an overture by Jong-un to sending a Pyongyang delegation to the February Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang, South Korea, opened the door to today's Olympic diplomacy, which has now yielded the North participation in the Winter Olympics and the reopening of a military hotline between the two nations - the best diplomatic progress toward calm that has been made on the peninsula in recent years.

Moreover, as reported by the BBC-News, while the North's leader and the South's President Moon Jae-in, monitored the meeting via live television feed, the South proposed that both Koreas march together at the opening ceremony at the Winter Games. Also, the South proposed a renewal for the reunion of family members separated by the Korean to restart during the coming Lunar New Year celebrations, in February. 

Family reunions between Korean relatives split by the DMZ remain a much desired and sensitive issue on the Korean peninsula. That these reunifications could now possibly take place again, clearly denote a major chilling of tensions between the Koreas brought about through Olympic diplomacy and not rhetoric and not bombs.