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Rio Olympics Briefly Unite North & South Korea In Gymnasts’ Selfie

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A simple selfie taken by two young Olympic gymnasts has already become one of the iconic moments of the Rio games.

South Korea’s Lee Eun Ju and and North Korean gymnast Hong Un Jong seemed oblivious to the bitter feud between their home nations.

The pair were seen chatting and laughing together as they prepared to compete in the qualification for the artistic women’s gymnastics.


Moments later they posed for a selfie together.

North Korea and South Korea are are well known for their prowess in the sport and both have produced many world-class gymnasts.

Relations have been frosty between the North and South since its division following the end of World War II.

Technically the two Koreas remain at war with one another — and have been for decades — though an armistice is in place. This doesn’t stop tensions flaring up around the world’s most fortified border.

But geopolitics were put to one side for one moment in Brazil as the two Olympians came together to capture a shared moment of joy while representing their two nations during Sunday’s Gymnastics training at the Rio Olympic Arena.

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