Pyongyang, February 13 (KCNA) -- Kang Ryong Gil, deputy secretary general of the DPRK Olympic Committee (OC), was interviewed by reporters of the Pyongyang bureaus of the AFP and the APTN and KCNA on Monday as regards the sanctions on the sports field of the DPRK.
Sports is of great significance in improving physical and spiritual
strength of the human being and promoting the understanding, friendship
and collaboration between peoples. For this reason, all countries,
nations and peoples on the earth regard sports as noble and sacred one
and show their constant interests in and exert all efforts to the
development of sports.
It is the policy of the government of DPRK and the aspiration of our
people to build a sports power and a civilized power by improving
physical fitness of the people and developing sports of the country.
However, to our regret, hostile acts are being conducted blatantly
on global scale to put the brake on the policy of the DPRK government
and hinder the aspiration of the people to develop its sports.
The United States and hostile forces have fabricated six illegal
"sanctions resolutions" against the DPRK at the UN Security Council
since 2006 with the aim to isolate and stifle the DPRK over nuclear
issue and they railroaded the "Resolution" 2270 even including the
recreational sports equipment in the sanctions items while adding the
luxury goods in March 2016.
And certain countries, under the undisguised name of implementing
the "sanctions resolution", made public decisions and follow-up
regulations defining the items of embargo to the DPRK and imposed to
forbid export to it such equipment as ski, yacht, mountaineering boots,
snow motor, snow groomer, etc. and even billiard table and other
On the other hand, the U.S. and the hostile forces are creating
obstacle blocking the bank transfer to prevent the fund assistance which
the IOC and sports federations provide for development of the Olympic
movement and sports in member countries.
Here lies the vicious ulterior political scheme to prevent exchange
of sports between the DPRK and other countries, gradually limit its
participation in international competitions including the Olympics, push
it aside out of the modern civilized world and further seek a regime
We strongly condemn this as despicable, illegal and immoral act
completely contradicting to the ideal of the Olympics to build better
and peaceful world through sports that promote physical and spiritual
development of the human beings and to the UN Charter which stipulates
the provision of the rights to sovereignty, equality and development of
A few European countries and their sports ware businesses are
blindly dragged into the wicked attempts of politicizing sports and
refrain from providing us with sports equipment including ski, yacht,
sports firearms or ammunitions, archeries, only to make their fame
damaged for themselves.
The thing is that sports firearms can never be turned into rockets nor the rockets be fired from them.
The world, through the abnormal situation taking place before our
eyes, should squarely see that sanctions are nothing but a cruel and
uncivilized act against humanity and civilization and an act of
destroying the modern civilization as well as making the whole world
turn back to the medieval dark land.
No argument can justify the brigandish logic that the country being
regarded as hostile by the U.S. should abandon its right to sports
development and the history of international sports will surely count it
to do a sum. -0-