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North Korean leader praises IOC for 'dramatic thawing' on peninsula

Europe, Europa
31.03.2018
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Seoul (dpa) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has met with International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach in Pyongyang, the country‘s state media reported on Saturday.

During the visit, Kim reportedly thanked Bach for the "special attention" the IOC paid to the North Korean athletes who participated in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea in February.

Kim said that "the once frozen north-south relations greeted a dramatic thawing season" that was "totally attributable to the efforts of the IOC," North Korea‘s KCNA news agency reported.

Twenty-two North Korean athletes participated in the Winter Olympics, including 12 on a unified Korean women‘s ice hockey team.

Bach arrived in Pyongyang on Thursday and met with North Korean Sports Minister Kim Il Guk on Friday to discuss the country‘s possible participation in the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo and the Beijing Winter Olympics in 2022, according to reports.

Bach was reportedly set to leave North Korea on Saturday.

 

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