After all, if there is anything that unites North and South Koreans more than language and culture, it's their shared antipathy toward Japan. The war games are scheduled to begin in April, but South Korean daily Hankyoreh reported the government is considering proposing to reduce their scale and duration.
There are sports rivalries, and then there's Korea vs. Japan an often toxic mix of violent history and politics, with a (un) healthy dose of cultural chauvinism and envy mixed in. Rather than the U.S. smoothing relations over with the North, the bulk of the visible diplomatic work came from South Korea, who agreed to march under a unified flag of the Korean peninsula, merge women's hockey teams, and reopen communications that had always been ignored. "I chose to come here because it is a game between Korea and Japan and it is a unified Korean team".
Griffin took a pass from Park Yoonjung and fought her way up the right wing before firing towards Japanese goaltender Akane Konishi with with the puck dribbling between her pads and in.
"My daughter is so young that she does not even know that the two Koreas are divided, but I hope she feels that they should be reunited through sport".
Ms Ryom, 19, and Mr Kim, 25, finished with 69.40 points, their personal best score for the short program - landing them a spot in the 11th place.
Japanese broadcaster NHK reports the U.S. had notified Japan in advance that if there were to be any talks with the North, the USA would not budge on its precondition not to hold discussions unless North Korea agreed to give up its nuclear program.
On Monday night, when South Korean forward Choi Jiyeon spoke to reporters that she's grown close to two North Korean players, Hwang Chung Gum and Kim Hyang Mi, she called them "eonni", a Korean word used when a woman refers to an elder sister or friend. It might be one step to increase dialogue and build more understanding between countries.
North Korean spectators and cheerleaders loudly applauded for the pair as they skated to the French-Canadian song "Je ne suis qu'une chanson" ("I am a song") during their performance at Gangneung Ice Arena. Panic would also ensue from neighboring Japan-which also hosts American army bases and also faces frequent threats from North Korea and Japan-that the Trump administration was similarly contemplating a troop withdrawal from these bases in Japan.
Pyongyang has sent some 22 athletes and more than 400 delegates, including a team of cheerleaders and an orchestra, to this year's Winter Games. Korea lost 8-0 to Switzerland, and then 8-0 to Sweden.
"After the decision was made to combine the teams we didn't see north or south". That often makes us oblivious to the politics that, for other countries, defines the Games.
"We are still hungry for our win", Murray said.
South Koreans on social media were equally impressed.
Given the circumstances, Wednesday's game played out with civility. A survey showed that about 70 percent of South Koreans opposed the team's makeup. "So I'm rooting for that, aside from politics".
"It's not just me".