The Latest: German leader hopes Korea relations are improved

The Latest: German leader hopes Korea relations are improved
German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, 2nd right, and his wife Elke Buedenbender, 2nd left, pose for the media as they meet German women's luge athletes Natalie Geisenberger, left, Tatjana Huefner, center, and Dajana Eitberger, right, at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn)
The Latest: German leader hopes Korea relations are improved
United States' Vice President Mike Pence, centre left and South Korean President Moon Jae-in attend the ladies' 500 meters short-track speedskating in the Gangneung Ice Arena at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Gangneung, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)

PYEONGCHANG, South Korea (AP) — The Latest on the Pyeongchang Olympics (all times local):

8:50 p.m.

German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier says there's hope the "tender dialogue" between the Koreas at Pyeongchang will foster an improvement in diplomatic relations beyond the Olympics.

Steinmeier visited the German House in Pyeongchang as medal competition was getting was underway.

He says only months ago there were doubts over North Korea's participation in the Olympics. He says, "Certainly three weeks ago no one would have thought that there would be a united team which entered the stadium together."

The rare invitation to Pyongyang for South Korean President Moon Jae-in, delivered by Kim Jong Un's sister, has accelerated the diplomatic warming.

By those measures, Steinmeier say, "What we're seeing right now is at least a sign." He says he's not sure it can hold long term but notes, "At least you can have hope."

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