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At the 1991 World Table Tennis Championships, again hosted by Japan, North and South Korea formed a joint team, and beat the odds to win a gold medal in the women's competition.In fact, South Korea may even owe its modern democracy, at least in part, to the Olympic Games. North Korea, unable to reach an agreement with the South about how to share the event, ended up boycotting it altogether.Now the games are returning to the turbulent Korean Peninsula, where the two Koreas remain formally at war 65 years after agreeing to an armistice.Toward the end of the tournament, which was marked by an extraordinary performance by the South Korean national team, North Korea started a naval battle with the South.Given that the two Koreas marched together in three Olympic Games since 2000, prudence is advisable.To that end, the Pyeongchang Games, coming just 30 years after the Seoul Games, may represent the best chance in years to get the process started.
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