News ID: 209611
Published: 0901 GMT February 07, 2018

S Korea denies smartphones to Iran, N Korea players

S Korea denies smartphones to Iran, N Korea players
North Korean athletes arrive at the Olympic Village in Gangneung, South Korea on Feb. 1, 2018.

South Korean officials said they will not provide Iranian and North Korean players with Samsung smartphones which are available free to all other athletes at the Winter Olympics starting Friday.

State news agency Yonhap quoted PyeongChang Olympic organizers as saying Wednesday that the decision had been taken in line with sanctions on the two countries, reported.

According to the report, Samsung Electronics will offer some 4,000 units of the Galaxy Note eight Olympic Edition to all athletes and International Olympic Committee officials, but not to 22 North Korean and four Iranian athletes.

The officials claimed that the smartphones could potentially be used for military purposes, violating the UN sanctions that ban providing the countries with luxury goods and products for such use.

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