In a sign of easing tensions
between the two nations, North Korea flew the flag and sang the national anthem of South Korea for the first time ever, reports The Wall Street Journal
The act of good faith took place at a weightlifting tournament at the Ryugyong Jong Ju Yong indoor stadium in Pyongyang. South Korean athletes took the gold and silver in the 187 pound division, prompting the shout out to the winners' nation. But it was North Korea's decision to allow the formal recognition at the Asian Cup Weightlifting Championships before the competition even took place that encouraged South Korea to participate.
"South Korea has never sent competitors to international sports tournaments in the North before because of Pyongyang's ban on the South's flag and anthem," the WSJ
observes, also noting that the two nations remain in a technical state of war since the the Korean War
ended in 1953 with an armistice rather than peace treaty.