Olympic diplomacy earns gold for North Korea

Olympic diplomacy earns gold for North Korea
By Robert Hackwill

Pyongyang walks off with the diplomatic prizes after its Winter Olympics charm offensive.

North Korea has emerged as the winner of one of the Winter Olympics' most important medals: the diplomatic gold.

That has been the assessment of political analysts as the North Korean delegation lead by Kim Jong Un's sister headed home last night.

A charm offensive even included an offer of a possible summit to end decades of hostilities.

The delegation capped its final day in South Korea by joining South Korean President Moon Jae-in at a Seoul concert of a visiting North Korean art troupe.

But not everyone has been won over. Protesters have expressed anger at what they said was the North using the Games to drive a wedge between South Korea and its ally the United States.

Washington says it is watching with interest to see if the diplomacy leads to firm negotiations.

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