International Olympic Committee

North Korea says sanctions aim to hinder sports activities

With just one year to go before South Korea hosts the Winter Olympics, North Korea's Olympic committee lashed out Monday against sanctions over its nuclear and long-range missile programs, claiming they are aimed at hurting the North's efforts to compete in international sports events.

Sanctions that block the sale of such items as skis, snowmobiles, snow groomers, yachts and even billiard tables are a "vicious ulterior political scheme" to prevent the country from having sports exchanges and achieving its goal of becoming a world sports power, Kang Ryong Gil, deputy secretary-general of North Korea's National Olympic Committee, said in a statement.

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