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Government to permit DPRK officials to visit Japan for Olympics coordination

Sankei reported that the Abe administration has decided to allow three senior North Korean officials to travel to Tokyo later this month despite the ongoing ban on visits by DPRK representatives because they plan to attend meetings related to the Tokyo Olympics. The GOJ has reportedly decided to exempt the three sports officials from the ban given that the Olympic Charter prohibits discrimination on the basis of nationality. In addition to participating in various Olympics-related meetings, the three visitors are also expected to hold talks with senior officials of the pro-Pyongyang General Association of Korean Residents in Japan (Chongryon).

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