An international weight lifting competition in North Korea, unusual in and of itself, was further transformed into a peculiar spectacle when a champion weight lifter from South Korea stood atop the winner’s podium as the national anthem of the Republic of Korea was played in the heart of the capital of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Pyongyang. It is hoped by many Korea analysts that this is a sign of the easing of tensions between the North and the South which technically remain in a state of war.

[NBC Sports]