International Olympic Leader Thomas Bach will visit North Korea after the PyeongChang Winter Olympics, the International Olympic Committee or the IOC said in a statement Monday.
IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Bach had been invited by North Korea in talks between the two IOC-brokered Koreans, as the North confirmed its participation in the Games.
The visit was approved as part of an agreement for North Korea to participate in the Olympics, Adams said, although the date has not been set.
, Bach denied concerns that North Korea had attempted to "hijack" the Winter Olympics for political purposes.
When speaking to reporters on Monday (12/2), Bach said he views the participation of North Korea purely in the field of sports and I OC has affirmed it, despite the ongoing and intense diplomacy between the two Koreas in the opening days of the Olympics.
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