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.”