People watch a TV showing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un during a military parade in Pyongyang, North Korea, at Seoul Railway Station in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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PYEONGCHANG, South Korea: Friday night, the world will witness a truly extraordinary moment: An Olympics convening in South Korea with the participation of its nuclear rival, North Korea.SOUTH KOREA: WHAT WILL THEY MAKE OF ALL THIS?Just weeks ago North Korea was threatening its southern rival with war, something it has done with numbing persistence since they fought, with Chinese and American help, one of the bloodiest conflicts of the 20th century.After decades mired in a standoff that has at times, especially over the last year, seemed ready to spiral into another Korean War, there will be North Korean leader Kim Jong Un's sister, Kim Yo Jong, sitting down to lunch with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.Even the most jaded will struggle to ignore the ruling Kim family dynasty's introduction to the South and attendance at the Pyeongchang Olympics, the most important moment on the world stage for South Korea in years.In sharp contrast with the "for-us-by-us-detente" message that Kim Jong Un is pushing – while explicitly telling the U.S. to mind its own business – Pence's demands for the North to abandon nuclear ambitions before any talks seem all the more harsh.So the message of the past 48 hours from North Korea might be described like this: Hey, America.
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