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Olympic Notes: South Korean Foreign Ministry Stresses 2018 Games Will Be Safe

Published in SportsBusiness Daily Global on 10 / 23 / 17

South Korea's foreign ministry "stressed" the 2018 PyeongChang Olympics will be " safe from North Korean provocations" in a briefing to diplomats and execs at foreign companies in the country on Friday, as "concerns persist over tensions with the North." Officials and execs from around 120 emba...

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