Where threats and nuclear tests have failed, can sequins and skates resolve the North Korea nuclear tension? Two figure skaters from the country are attempting to become the first athletes to compete for North Korea at the 2018 Winter Olympics held just over their tightly policed border in South Korea.
Ryom Tae Ok and Kim Ju Sik are competing at the Nebelhorn Trophy in Germany. Their performance on Thursday sees them score just outside the top four needed to qualify for Pyeongchang, with just a day left to compete. South Korea has given the North until the last minute to decide whether it'll take part in the games.
No athletes from the country have qualified so far, with Tae Ok and Ju Sik the only ones with any hopes of making it. But it still cuts no ice with North Korea's leadership, which has shown no indication of attending.