North Korea said on Friday it had decided not to participate in the upcoming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing, accusing the United States of attempts to prevent “the successful opening of the Winter Games,” News reports. Az citing Kyodo News.
Pyongyang also said the global spread of COVID-19 motivated it to skip the sporting event. He did not send a team to the Tokyo Games last summer, citing the coronavirus pandemic.
The decision was communicated to China in a letter from the North Korean National Olympic Committee and the Sports Ministry, state media said.
Preparations for the Beijing Olympics, which will open on Feb. 4, are proceeding “satisfactorily thanks to the positive efforts” of the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the state-run Central Korea news agency said.
“However, the United States and its vassal forces are increasingly disguised in their actions against China aimed at preventing the successful opening of the Olympics,” KCNA said.
North Korea has rejected “these measures, calling them an insult to the spirit of the International Olympic Charter and a despicable act aimed at dishonoring China’s international image,” the news agency quoted the organizations as saying. from the country.
But Pyongyang also pledged to work with China for the success of the Beijing Games, according to KCNA.
Later on Friday, China expressed understanding for North Korea’s move, saying the two countries remain close neighbors and maintain their traditional friendly relations.