North Korea to Skip Beijing Winter Olympics, Blames Pandemic and ‘Hostile Forces’

North Korean officials said on Friday, they would not be taking part in the Beijing Olympics due to the worldwide pandemic and “hostile forces.”

“We could not take part in the Olympics due to the hostile forces’ moves and the worldwide pandemic, but we would fully support the Chinese comrades in all their work to hold splendid and wonderful Olympic festival,” the Korean Central News Agency (KNCA) quoted a letter sent by North Korea to China.

According to media reports, the letter called the moves by the United States and its allies as “an insult to the spirit of the international Olympic Charter and as a base act of attempting to disgrace the international image of China.”

In December last year, the United States government officials announced they would boycott the 2022 Winter Olympics because of China’s human rights “atrocities,” however, US athletes were allowed to travel to Beijing to compete.

Several other countries, including Britain, Australia, and Canada, have also announced diplomatic boycotts.

“The US and its vassal forces are getting ever more undisguised in their moves against China aimed at preventing the successful opening of the Olympics,” the North Korean letter added.

China has been North Korea’s only major ally since the two signed a treaty in 1961.

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