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US blocks IOC proposal to allow sports equipment exports to North Korea

RT | July 26, 2018

The US has blocked a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to the United Nations Security Council Committee to exclude sports equipment from the list of items prohibited for export to North Korea.

“The United States was the only one to object against approving the IOC president’s request by the UN Security Council Committee,” TASS reported, citing sources familiar with the situation.

IOC head Thomas Bach initiated the request, asking the UN Security Council Committee to allow export of sports gear to the country, which has been under sanctions since 2006 over its nuclear program and missile tests.

The IOC chief stressed that modern sports equipment would help North Korean athletes prepare fully for global sports events, including the Olympic Games.

The 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea saw a remarkable breakthrough in the strained relations between the two Koreas, with their athletes marching together under a joint Korean flag at the opening ceremony.

A United Korean women’s hockey team took part in the Olympic tournament, marking a thaw in relations between the two neighboring states after decades of mutual hostility.

Back then the IOC chief hailed North Korea’s decision to send delegation to the Olympics, adding that it was “powerful message of peace” to the world.

July 26, 2018 - Posted by | Aletho News | ,

6 Comments »

  1. THEY ARE ONLY DOWN ON ONE KNEE. THEY FIRST HAVE TO BE DOWN ON TWO KNEES. THE HUMANITARIANISM OF NETANYAHU/USA.

    Comment by GUZE` SPITERI | July 26, 2018 | Reply

  2. The hypocrisy is astounding. Israel has built a massive nuclear arsenal, and not a word of condemnation from the Military Industrial Complex, and Nth Korea, have to get down and beg for some sports equipment and are denied it.
    The World has lost respect for ‘the people who run the USA’.

    Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 26, 2018 | Reply

  3. The classic US m/o: stick it to ’em and then expect acquiescence and subservience…sorta like a sadistic rapist having his way. Sorta like Trump….

    Wouldn’t it be nifty if South Korea’s President Moon would “moon” the US, telling the world that he and a united peninsula would stand up to US teenage-like bullying and supply their northern siblings with stocks of their own sports gear?

    Comment by roberthstiver | July 27, 2018 | Reply

    • I’m pretty sure that Nth Korea can source their sports equipment from Europe…….

      Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 27, 2018 | Reply

      • Great … didn’t know that Europe has that kind of “balls,” racquets, etc. Still, my emotional self tells me that I’d rather have the Korean people en masse backhand Trump across his smirking face…or knee him in the same vicinity where he grabs his women victims.

        (Since you mention Europe, perhaps Russia or China as other sources?)

        Comment by roberthstiver | July 27, 2018 | Reply

        • I don’t think that Sports Equipment is “high tech”…..It’s mainly ‘hype and image’ and much more expensive than it needs to be. I’m sure Nth Korea could do it themselves, after all, they’ve built Atom Bombs, and rockets to deliver them.

          Comment by Brian Harry, Australia | July 27, 2018 | Reply


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