Japan May Allow North Korean Sports Minister to Enter Country - Reports

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TOKYO (Sputnik) - The Japanese government has engaged in resolving the issue of granting an entry permit to North Korean Physical Culture and Sports Minister Kim Il-guk, local media reported.

Japan currently bans North Korean citizens from entering the country as part of sanctions that Tokyo introduced against Pyongyang over the latter's  development of nuclear weapons. There is no North Korean Embassy in Japan, and there is no Japanese Embassy in North Korea.

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According to the Kyodo news agency, Kim will be allowed to enter the country because he is set to participate in the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC), which will take place in Tokyo on November 28-29.

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A total of 1,300 representatives from national Olympic Committees will take part in the ANOC.

Japan will host the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games on July 24-August 9 and August 25-September 6, respectively.

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