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GLOBAL CENTRE STAGE EMERGING PYONGYONG- SEOUL DETENTE AND US CONCERNS BY SUDHANSHU TRIPATHI* South Korean President Moon Jae-in (R) with Kim Yo Jong (L), the sister of North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un, in Seoul N orth Korea, unfortunately, continues to be a major irritant for maintaining peace and security, not just in the Asia-Pacifi c region but across the world. With continuing and clandestine Chinese assistance as well as Russian support — fi nancial and technical — Pyongyong has been making rapid strides in its efforts to procure latest nuclear technologies and lethal weapons, as proved by its recent successful testing of a Hydrogen bomb and nuclear- powered inter-continental ballistic missile system, and other weapons of mass destruction. Recently, several truck loads have also been moving from China to North Korea. With executing several barbarous and macabre acts for eliminating his rivals publically, the North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un has become a curse for the whole world. Evidently, North Korea has become the world's most dangerous country with its nuclear weapons programme, only increasing the risk it poses before the peace loving humanity. But at the same time, mounting global opinion against Kim Jong-un and his autocratic style of working, which is no less different than Islamic Terror’s (ISIS) mastermind Abu Baghdadi, appears to be working well. This apparently has pushed the dictator to mend fences with US President Trump for resolving their continual face off on the nuclear weapons issue by extending friendly gestures with its arch rival South Korea in the just concluded Winter Olympics 2018 at Pyeongchang. In fact, it has become the big story of this mega event, the opening ceremony of which saw the athletes of two Koreas walking as a joint team with their shared fl ag refl ecting a neutral image of a "unifi ed" Korean peninsula. Signifying symbolism, the event not only witnessed the participation of North Korea and the friendly tone struck by the two rivals but was also marked by the glamour and charisma of Kim Yo-jong, the younger sister of Kim Jong- un and Ivanka Trump, a senior White House adviser and the daughter of US President Donald Trump. Thus, the charm offensives of these two young ladies in South Korea's fi rst Winter Games perhaps offer rarest of the rare possibilities. Indeed, the vastly photogenic Kim Yo-jong, made history by being the fi rst member of North Korea’s ruling dynasty to visit South Korea since the unfortunate Korean War (1950-53). She invited the South’s President Moon Jae-in for a summit in Pyongyang at an invitation from her brother Kim Jong-un. Moon responded to the letter saying that “he is open to any form of meeting, including a summit under right conditions.” The US here, will obviously have to play a major role by shedding all its inhibitions against Pyongyang, though for now the country looks reluctant. But with Ivanka Trump’s participation in the closing ceremony of Olympics 2018, there has arisen a ray of hope for US to be positive towards this evolving rapprochement between the 32 • Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Diplomatist • Vol 6 • Issue 4 • April 2018, Noida