Talks between North and South Korea must be going very well.
First, North Korea discussed the possibility of sending their own delegation.
Next thing we know, the two states are planning to walk together under a unification flag. Further still, the two might be joining forces for their ice hockey team.
This is a huge deal for the alienated states. And could mean even bigger news for the rest of the world.
This isn’t the first time the unification flag has made an appearance. They marched together under the flag several times in the early 2000’s, at both the Summer and Winter Olympics.
But according to ABC News, this will mark the first time the two have presented a united team at the Olympics.
And it presents a promising opportunity for unified talks on a wider political front.
Now people all over the world have to wait to see if these pleasant talks can be extended to North Korea’s nuclear program. The talks between the Koreas present the first sensible opportunity anyone has had to approach Kim Jong-un in a meaningful way.
Still reason to be cautious
And other world leaders are getting nervous.
A meeting between US, Japanese and South Korean officials recently agreed that ‘resumed communications by the North Koreans are diversions and don’t have any effect on its determined pursuit of nuclear weapons’ according to Axios.
Meanwhile, ABC News claims that North Korean state media released a warning to South Korea against breaching the topic of nuclear weapons.
Moving forward, only time can tell what effect the Olympic negotiations will have on relations with North Korea, whether that’s just the South or the entire world.
Tensions remain high after conflict, now 65 years ago, ended in a truce rather than an official treaty. This unfortunately left much space for conflict, on a local and global scale.
It might seem crazy that a sporting team could be the easiest method to easing what Newsweek compared to ‘a global political climate that mimics the ominous signs of a world war in the 1930s.’
But at the moment, this sporting parlay seems the only significant avenue of sensible discussion.