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A Korean Thaw?

Could the sight of joint North and South Korean teams at the Winter Olympics mark the start to an end of tensions on the peninsula?

From bombs to Olympic banners: Can winter sports diplomacy stop a war in the Korean peninsula? North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un took the world by surprise with his announcement that his nation and South Korea would unite under a single banner at the Winter Olympics. Was it a diplomatic masterstroke or a cynical stunt? Journalist Jean Lee pieces together what really led to this public relations coup. She investigates how the region went from talk of an imminent war to recent pictures of a Kim's favourite pop star touring the South in her furs. With a legacy of fear and belligerence, can sports really lead to reconciliation?
Producer: Matthew Chapman.

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30 minutes

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Wed 14 Feb 2018 11:00