North Korea tells China it cannot appear at the Beijing Olympics, blames U.S. and COVID-19

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North Korea told China on Friday it will not participate in the Beijing Olympics, citing COVID-19 problems and what it called U.S. attempts to thwart the Winter Games’ success in February, according to state media.

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North Korea’s athletes were suspended by the International Olympic Committee through 2022 after failing to send a delegation to Tokyo last summer amid the pandemic, so it is unclear if that motivated the decision.

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State news agency KCNA said the letter criticized the U.S., which decided not to send a diplomatic delegation even though American athletes will be free to compete.

www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jan/7/north-korea-tells-china-it-cannot-appear-beijing-o/

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