To what extent can S. Korea provide support to N. Korean athletes?

북한 대표단 지원 안보리 결의 위배?

Koreans have another reason to look forward to the upcoming winter olympics.
Both North and South will be a part of the sporting celebrations.
However, supporting the visiting athletes from across the border will be a tricky task, as the regime is still under heavy sanctions by the UN.
Ji Myung-kil shows us how Seoul can play a great host to Pyongyang... without violating these international measures.
Seoul's government promises to support the visiting North Korean delegation without violating the UN Security Council's sanctions aimed at curbing the inflow of hard currency into North Korea.

(Korean) Jan. 10, 2018
"The government plans to closely cooperate with the UN sanctions committee and the U.S. to prevent the North's visit to the South from sparking a row when it reviews the necessary measures to support the North's participation."

North Korean experts say providing support to the North Korean delegation, made up of athletes, a cheering squad, art performers, a Taekwondo demonstration team and journalists, will not be a problem... as long as money isn't given to the North directly.

(Korean)
"Providing hard cash is not allowed. But apart from that, we can practically provide any conveniences they might need as the U.S. has welcomed the North's participation as well."

The expert added that since the support was related to the Olympics and a gesture of peace,... providing support to the North Korean delegation in Pyeongchang does not violate UN sanctions.

(Korean)
"We have to ask the international community for their understanding. The UN Security Council can make an exception for Pyeongchang and allow things like providing accommodation, food and transportation."

In 2014, South Korea provided over 4-hundred-thousand dollars in support for North Korea's expenses when a team from the North stayed in Incheon for the Asian Games.
It is highly likely that North Korea will choose the land route to send its delegation to South Korea as entry of North Korean airplanes and ships into South Korea is banned.
Ji Myung-kil, Arirang News.

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