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Let the Games begin? Why Kim Jong Un might be interested

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With little time to spare, North and South Korea are preparing to hash out Kim Jong Un's offer to send a delegation to next month's Pyeongchang Winter Olympics.

Skeptics are calling the offer, floated by Kim during his annual televised New Year's address, a cynical tactic to drive a wedge between Washington and Seoul, while optimists see it as a sign of hope that Kim has decided to dial back his defiance and come in from the cold.

The answer probably lies somewhere in between.

But why, after a year marked by the test of his country's most powerful nuclear bomb to date and a record number of missile launches, is Kim starting off 2018 by proposing talks across the Demilitarized Zone?


Kim stressed in his speech that 2018 will be an important year for the Korean nation.

The North will be marking the 70th anniversary of its Sept. 9 founding and the South's hosting of the games, Kim said, "will serve as a good occasion for demonstrating our nation's prestige" and "we earnestly wish the Olympic Games a success."

To that end, he suggested Pyongyang send a delegation and "adopt other necessary measures." He presented all of it in a familiar framing — saying the Korean people must work together on their own toward reunification to "frustrate the schemes by anti-reunification forces within and without."

In North Korea-speak, that means anti-Pyongyang hardliners in the South and the United States and its allies.

Kim did not say what kind of a........

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