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The North's head of state announces plans to visit the South for the first time.The president of the United States insists that America must become "great again" – and goads the North Korean leader on Twitter.As its organizers often say, the Olympics are an opportunity to sublimate politics into healthy competition and show that the world can come together for a noble purpose: an excellence of body and mind produced by hard work and sheer determination.And yes, that's happening in Pyeongchang even before the Games begin, most dramatically with the joint Korean women's hockey team, which will feature players from the long-divided North and South skating and competing together on the same ice.That has always played to a mixed audience at the Olympics, and this edition will be no exception. For all its country-specific fervor, the Olympics is a proudly multilateral event taking place this year in a world that, from Brexit to Trump policies, is awash in a burst of unilateralism.This corner of the world is filled with countries whose histories run deep with unique, often tense relationships with each other and with the United States.
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