N. Korea Says It's Not Joining Beijing Olympics Due To 'Hostile Forces,' Pandemic

N. Korea Says It's Not Joining Beijing Olympics Due To 'Hostile Forces,' Pandemic

Andrew H. Sweet

North Korea said it fully supports the upcoming Beijing Olympics though it cannot participate in the event, criticizing the U.S. diplomatic boycott of the Winter Games.

The International Olympic Committee earlier decided to suspend the North from the Beijing Olympics set for next month to punish for refusing to participate in last year's Tokyo Games over COVID-19 concerns.

North Korea also slammed the U.S. for "getting evermore undisguised in their moves against China aimed at preventing the successful opening of the Olympics," referring to Washington's decision not to send a government delegation to the games over China's controversial human rights record.

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