North Korea’s absence from Beijing Olympics, China pondered until the last minute whether aid would decrease

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un greets Chinese President Xi Jinping, who visited North Korea at Pyongyang International Airport on June 20, 2019. /Photo = Rodong Sinmun

An insider testified that North Korea decided not to participate in the Olympics until about ten days before notifying China of its non-participation in the Beijing Winter Olympics. It is analyzed that the authorities were contemplating whether or not to participate in the Olympics until just before this plenary meeting.

According to a senior insider inside Daily NK on the 12th, the North Korean authorities made the final decision not to participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics at the end of last month.

It is known that the decisive reason that the North Korean authorities, which had until recently completed the selection of athletes and staff to be dispatched to the Beijing Olympics and continued training for the Olympics, ultimately decided not to participate, was due to the increase in the number of corona infections in China and the international spread of Omicron mutation. .

This year, as the North Korean authorities emphasized emergency quarantine as their top priority, it was judged whether it was right to participate in international events. It is also said that the players took into account the fact that they did not receive the vaccine.

Nevertheless, it is said that it was because of the relationship between North Korea and China that the North Korean authorities were unable to make a quick decision on whether to attend the Olympics or not and continued to ponder until the very last minute.

According to the source, North Korean authorities are concerned that if they do not participate in the Beijing Winter Olympics, relations with China could become strained and economic aid could be blocked.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade is known to have expressed the need to attend, citing that China could put economic and political pressure on North Korea after the Olympics. However, it is said that the Central Party made the final decision not to attend due to concerns about quarantine.

It is said that the Central Party also expressed its will to resolve political and economic problems with China that could arise from the absence of the Olympics directly from the highest level.

However, as the US has already declared a ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Olympics, the sources claim that they did not consider sending high-level officials or using the Olympics as a diplomatic stage in the first place.

It is explained that North Korea has already decided not to send high-ranking officials since early December, when the US government’s ‘diplomatic boycott’ of the Beijing Winter Olympics was made official, because North Korea sees the US as its main partner in negotiations.

In fact, in a letter sent to the Chinese Olympic Organizing Committee and the National Sports Agency on the 5th, the North Korean authorities said, “Although we were unable to participate in the Games due to the maneuvers of hostile forces and the global convective epidemic situation, we are Chinese comrades who want to organize a grand and wonderful Olympic festival. We will fully support and support all of their businesses.”

The fact that ‘we were unable to participate in the Games due to the maneuvering of hostile forces’ does not mean that the US hostile policy toward North Korea has intensified, but rather that the US does not participate diplomatically in the Olympics. It is read to mean that the political incentive to do so has disappeared.

From the beginning, the North Korean authorities had a different calculation from the South Korean government’s plan to use the Beijing Olympics as an opportunity to restart the peace process on the Korean Peninsula, including the declaration of an end to the Korean War.

However, it is said that the North Korean authorities have a positive stance on the declaration of an end to the Korean War.

The source confirmed, “The top leaders seem to have the judgment and expectation that the declaration of an end to the war will help solve international problems.”

However, he said, “I am deciding that it is something that should be done with the next government, rather than proceeding with a declaration of an end to the war with the Moon Jae-in administration, which is coming to an end.”

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