As South Korea Won More Friends...

The Free World's harrowing showdown with North Korea dates back to moves made by South Korea to assure itself a peaceful 1988 Olympics. For North Korean leader Kim Il Sung, already paranoid about his country's isolation, South Korea's diplomacy took a nightmare turn in 1988 that threatened to weaken Pyongyang's ties to its closest allies. South Korean President Roh Tae Woo, who was hosting the 1988 Summer Olympics, wanted a boycott-free Olympics in Seoul and was willing to do almost anything to get it.

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