By: Savannah Smith | 02-05-2018 | News
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South Korea Bans 36,000 Foreigners from Winter Olympics Citing Security Reasons

South Korea invoking security concerns has banned 36,000 foreigners from entering the country ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Yonhap News Agency released the news on Monday and quoted a South Korean lawmaker as saying the spy agency has told lawmakers it was working with foreign intelligence agencies to strengthen foreign nationals’ identity checks as an anti-terrorism plan for the Olympics.

The report did not indicate the breakdown of the banned foreigners’ nationalities.

South Korea’s Unification Ministry also announced on Monday that it is arranging high-level inter-Korean talks during a North Korean government delegation's visit later this week to attend the Olympic opening ceremony.

North Korea announced on Sunday night that Kim Yong-Nam, the North's ceremonial head of state, will visit the South from Friday to Sunday as head of a high-level delegation to the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Olympics, which kicks off Friday.

Kim heads the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly.

Ministry spokesman Baik Tae-Hyun told a press briefing: "The government hopes that the upcoming visit by the high-level North Korean delegation will become a milestone in hosting an Olympics of peace, restoring inter-Korean relations and building peace on the Korean Peninsula.”


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Anonymous No. 17534 2018-02-05 : 12:09

Smart Move …

Considering the ISIS/Islamic and Communist planted Terrorists…

PLUS the likelihood NK will pull a political or military stunt.

Anonymous No. 17551 2018-02-05 : 13:57

Even smarter move would be to tell the norks they have to sit this one out. Letting them into the games is the same as buying your kid something just to shut them up. It only works for a while till the next tantrum.

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