IOC leaders will travel to North Korea

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.

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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.

US Vice President Mike Pence says North Korea is trying to hijack the message and image of the Olympics

South Korean President Moon Jae -in entertains two men from the highest officials of North Korea at the opening ceremony, including the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

Through her sister, Kim Jong-un invites Moon for talks in Pyongyang, which paved the way for the first meeting of Korean leaders in over 10 years. [gp]

IOC Consider Russia's Participation in the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Tuesday (6/12) is expected to announce whether to ban or allow Russia to take part in the upcoming Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

IOC executive board meets in Switzerland to consider allegations that Russian athletes were involved in a state-sponsored doping campaign in the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

Russia has repeatedly denied allegations of having carried out the doping operation.

The IOC has removed 11 Sochi Olympic medals from Russian athletes and banned more of the 20 athletes participated in the competition. The ban applies for life. [lt]