• IOC had asked for exemption to help Olympic athletes prepare
  • US raises objection on security council committee

The United States has blocked a request by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to transfer sports equipment to North Korea so its athletes can prepare, qualify and participate in the Olympic Games, United Nations diplomats said on Thursday.

The IOC president, Thomas Bach, asked the UN security council North Korea sanctions committee, in a 3 July letter, for an exemption to allow the transfer. The United States on Wednesday told the committee, which operates by consensus, it objected.

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