The head of South Korea’s National Intelligence Service (NIS), Suh Hoon, said that 36,000 foreigners would be banned from entering the country during the Olympic Games for security reasons.
“Seoul, in cooperation with foreign intelligence agencies, has banned the entry of approximately 36,000 foreigners for security reasons,” said the South Korean spy chief .
The Intelligence executive claimed that government agencies have recently been exposed to cyber attacks from North Korea, that is why South Korea will continue cooperating with international organizations in order to fight terrorism and safely host the Pyeong Chang 2018 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
Security is a concern at every Olympics, where athletes and fans can be difficult to protect, but the Winter Games that open February 9 in South Korea are occurring in the shadow of a nuclear standoff.
Nearly 3,000 athletes from 92 nations and 100,000 spectators per day are expected to converge on Pyeongchang, county in Gangwon Province some 50 miles from the North Korean border, for what will be the largest-ever Winter Games.
South Korea has mobilized tens of thousands of law enforcement and other emergency personnel — including 50,000 soldiers — in what may be the most militarized security force in Olympic history.
In a last-minute diplomatic breakthrough, North Korea agreed to participate in the games has calmed some fears. But the North remains the most unpredictable factor in security arrangements, because it has a history of engaging in violence when South Korea hosts international sports events.
South Korea is touting the event as the “Peace Olympics,” but that hasn’t stopped the US and North Korea continue to play political games against each other.
In a move designed to annoy Pyongyang, Vice President Mike Pence will take the father of the late Otto Warmbier, an American student who was jailed in North Korea, to the Opening Ceremony.
Meanwhile, North Korea is sending Kim Yong Nam, the head of the country’s parliament, who is one of the most senior North Korean officials to ever visit South Korea, and on the eve of the Olympics, Pyongyang will stage a parade of hundreds of missiles and rockets, sending the world a clear message that its military might is not to be underestimated.
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