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All smiles: This photo has been hailed as representing the spirit of the Games
North and South Korea gymnasts at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games have shown the world a brief moment of unity, in the form of a selfie.
Lee Eun-ju of South Korea and Hong Un-jong of the North took a quick smiling snapshot during the training period before the start of the Games.
The pictures of the two women have been widely praised as capturing the Olympic spirit.
North and South Korea are technically still at war with each other.
And relations between the two have been more tense in recent months, with recent missile launches from Pyongyang.The athletes met during the artistic gymnastics women's qualification round at the 2016 Summer OlympicsBoth athletes failed to claim the championship in their round, but certainly took home the gold for diplomacy
"This is why we do the Olympics," tweeted political scientist Ian Bremmer.His tweet was retweeted more than 18,000 times.
"Sports brings everyone together," said another user on Twitter.
Others hailed it as the "most iconic photo" of the games.
Some users however, took a more cynical point of view.
"Is she allowed to fraternise with the enemy?" was one such question asked, while others questioned whether Hong might face punishment on her return home.
Lee, 17, and 27-year-old Hong both competed as individual qualifiers, with the games in Brazil being Lee's first Olympics.The Summer Olympics were 17-year-old Lee's first-ever GamesThe North Korean was more of a veteran, having been the first gymnast from her country to win a medal in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing
Hong became North Korea's first gymnast to win a medal at the Olympic Games when she took home the gold in vault in the 2008 Beijing Olympics.