News and Perspectives on Korean Affairs, History and Policy Issues
June 20, 2011
Taekwondo Bridges North Korea and the U.S.
At a time of heightened tension between North Korea and the U.S., a taekwondo delegation from North Korea toured the U.S. East Coast (Boston, New York, Delaware) recently with warm welcome from American audiences. This is second taekwondo tour; such tours help bridge the gap of misunderstanding between North Korea and the U.S. Coul such good will spill over to the political relations between the two countries?
South and North Korean teams marched together in the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, under one flag representing one Korea -- highlighting the Korean people's desire for reunification. This did not happen in the 2008 Olympics, suggesting challenges that remain.
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Long-closed Military Demarcation Line in the DMZ that divides Korea is now open for inter-Korea traffic and exchanges, but the exchanges have slowed down since 2008.
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