The DPRK and ROK held their first formal talks in two years. In a joint statement after the talks, the DPRK pledged to send a large delegation to next month’s PyeongChang Winter Olympics in the South. Meanwhile, ROK released a statement asking the DPRK to halt hostile acts that will increase tension on the peninsula. The DPRK and ROK have agreed to restore a military hotline starting from 8 am local time on Wednesday, and the two sides have agreed to hold military talks.
Athletes from both sides marched together during Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, and the 2006 Winter Games in Turin. Can these talks move beyond the sporting arena? We turn to our panel to find out: Rong Ying, Vice President of CIIS, China Institute of International Studies; Sung-Yoon Lee, a Kim Koo-Korea Foundation professor of Korean Studies at The Fletcher School at Tufts University; Jenny Town, Assistant Director of the US-Korea Institute at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies.
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