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Gold medalist Jin Jongoh, left, of South Korea and bronze medalist Kim Song Guk, right, of North Korea, shake hands during the award ceremony. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko)
The tension between North Korea and South Korea is real and has lasted for decades.
It seems to be taking a break at the Rio Games.
A North Korean and South Korean gymnast made headlines earlier this week when they took a selfie together. And on Wednesday, athletes from South Korea and North Korea stood on the same Olympic podium together.
Gymnasts from North & South Korea take a selfie together. This is why we do the Olympics. pic.twitter.com/Id44OuehN3
— ian bremmer (@ianbremmer) August 5, 2016
Jin Jongoh of South Korea won the gold medal in the 50-meter men's pistol event. Kim Song Guk of North Korea took the bronze in the same event. It was the first time since 2004 _ when it happened on three occasions _ that the two nations shared the same Olympic medal podium. (It bears noting they've shared podiums at other competitions since, including the Asian Games.)
The rival Koreas have been engaged in Cold War-era psychological warfare after the North's fourth nuclear test in January. Seoul began blaring anti-Pyongyang broadcasts and K-Pop songs via border loudspeakers, and Pyongyang responded by its own border broadcasts and launches of balloons carrying anti-South leaflets.
The rivals are divided along the world's most heavily fortified border since their war in the early 1950s ended with an armistice, not a peace treaty.