How can you go to war with your enemy when the enemy is on the same sports team as one of your best friends? And playing on his home field?
That is the dilemma facing U.S. strategists as they reel from the invitation by South Korea to North Korea to embrace its athletes into next month’s Olympics — an overture that has cascaded into possibly broader talks between the two Koreas, with the U.S. sitting on the sidelines.
The person-to-person talks are scheduled for January 9th — one day after North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s birthday — at the Peace House, located on the South Korean side of the so-called truce village of Panmunjom, located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two nations. A hotline between the two sides, dormant for about two years, crackled to life again this week. The annual war games conducted by the U.S and South Korea have been delayed. Words of communication are flowing from Seoul toward the North.
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