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U.N. clears N.K. official's visit to S. Korea

All Headlines 05:43 February 09, 2018

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (Yonhap) -- A United Nations committee on Thursday cleared a blacklisted North Korean official to visit South Korea for the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, according to diplomatic sources.

Choe Hwi, chairman of the North's National Sports Guidance Committee, was temporarily exempted from a U.N. travel ban at the request of the South Korean government.

The decision was made by a U.N. Security Council panel that monitors sanctions on North Korea with no objections raised by any of the 15 council members.

Choe was slapped with the travel ban last June under a U.N. Security Council resolution that sanctioned Pyongyang for its ballistic missile tests.

He is expected to travel to South Korea Friday as a member of a high-level delegation led by the regime's ceremonial head of state, Kim Yong-nam, and including the North Korean leader's sister, Kim Yo-jong.

The delegation is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony of the PyeongChang Games the same day and meet with South Korean President Moon Jae-in Saturday before returning home the next day.

hague@yna.co.kr
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